England debutant Gus Atkinson almost breaks 128-year record as he rips through West Indies

Gus Atkinson enjoyed a dream Test debut against West Indies

Gus Atkinson enjoyed a dream Test debut against West Indies (Picture: Getty)

Gus Atkinson upstaged retiring England legend James Anderson on the first day of his Test career, ripping through West Indies at Lord’s and almost claiming the best-ever figures from a debutant.

Albert Trott’s 8-43, which has stood as the best figures in an innings on debut for over 100 years, looked in serious danger as Atkinson tore through a feeble Windies batting line-up.

The Surrey seamer got West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite to drag on with just his second delivery after Anderson, making his 188th and final Test appearance, bowled five economical but wicketless overs first up.

Anderson, 41, looked emotional as a touching montage paying tribute to his incredible career was played out at Lord’s and his wife and two children rang the bell to signify the start of play.

He was unable to add to his 700 Test wickets in his first spell but Atkinson got off the mark immediately before nicking off West Indies No. 3 Kirk McKenzie.

England captain Ben Stokes took the only other wicket before lunch – Mikyle Louis also caught in the slips – before the tourists lost seven wickets for 33 runs in an extraordinary period of play after the interval.

Atkinson had Alick Athanaze and Jason Holder caught in the slips in successive deliveries before celebrating a third wicket in the space of four balls, Joshua Da Silva edging behind to fellow England debutant Jamie Smith.

The Surrey bowler finished with figures of 7-45 (Picture: Getty)

Chris Woakes got in on the act to claim his 150th Test wicket when Ollie Pope superbly held on to a crunching Kavem Hodge cut shot to leave the Windies 88-7.

Alzarri Joseph smashed four boundaries before becoming Atkinson’s sixth victim and the Surrey man was on the verge of claiming the best-ever figures from a Test debutant when he bounced out Shamar Joseph two balls later.

Atkinson was denied the chance to take an eighth scalp by Anderson, who finally took a wicket in his 11th over, trapping Jayden Seales lbw to wrap up the innings, West Indies bowled out for just 121.

Atkinson’s 7-45 was the 11th best figures in an innings by a Test debutant and the second best from an Englishman behind Dominic Cork, who took 7-43, also against West Indies, in 1995.

The 26-year-old became the fifth England bowler to take a five-wicket haul on debut under Ben Stokes’ captaincy, following fellow seamer Josh Tongue and spinners Will Jacks, Rehan Ahmed and Tom Hartley.

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Source:: Metro


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