England’s 36-year-old all-time leading wicket-taker was pipped for the man-of-the-match award by Chris Woakes – whose comeback maiden century put the hosts on the way to a 2-0 series lead.
But after Anderson finished with match figures of nine for 43 in a superlative all-round bowling performance which also included star turns from Stuart Broad and Woakes, captain Root made no secret of his delight to have such skills at his disposal.
England prevailed by an innings and 159 runs on the fourth evening of a rain-ravaged match, as India were bowled out for 130 – and Anderson and Broad shared figures of eight for 67.
Asked about evergreen record-breaker Anderson, Root said: “He’s a special, special commodity, isn’t he?
“He’s something that doesn’t come along very often, and we’ve got to enjoy him while he’s around. Time and again, he puts in fantastic performances. For him to be performing as he is, is something else.”
Anderson, who has become the first bowler ever to take 100 Test wickets at Lord’s, is showing no signs of stopping any time soon.
“There’s been chat about his longevity, but at the minute he’s bowling better than he ever has,” added Root. “Even though the conditions suited you’ve still got to ask the right questions of the batters. Throughout the whole game he did just that.”
Root warns, however, England must not assume their world number one visitors are washed-up in a hectic five-match series which will resume at Trent Bridge on Saturday.
“India are doing everything they can, but…we’ve given them nothing. I don’t see any lack of fight, or lack of trying (from them). Obviously, it would be a dream to put in five complete performances and have five wins. But it’s important we don’t get complacent, arrogant…
“If you get too far ahead of yourself, this game has got a funny way of biting back at you.”
England surged to victory without their premier all-rounder Ben Stokes, whose return in Nottingham is unknown as his court case on a charge of affray continues in Bristol.
“Ben is obviously a huge part of this squad, so it’s a miss him not being here this week,” said Root.
“But what it did was create an opportunity for Chris to come in and perform – and boy, he didn’t disappoint did he? He was outstanding. That’s something we really want to harness as an example to the guys in and around the squad – ‘when you get your chance, make it as hard as possible to leave you out’.
“It’s a great headache to have for us, going into next week.”
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9:00 pm – England win by an innings at Lord’s
Stuart Broad and James Anderson picked up eight wickets between them to hand an innings defeat to India at Lord’s.
England dismissed the No1 Test team 130 in the second essay to win by an innings and 159 runs and lead the five Test series 2-0.
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6:45 pm – Mathews missed out on ton
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews remained unbeaten on 97 as Sri Lanka posted a competitive 299-8 against South Africa in the fifth and final ODI in Colombo.
Mathews has two ODI tons in 201 matches and is yet to reach three figures at home.
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6:30pm: India on the ropes as Virat Kohli gone for 17
India’s hopes of saving the second Test look more and more forlorn as they slumped to 61 for six in the second innings chasing 289 just to make England bat again.
The chief destroyers for England were Stuart Broad who has taken four wickets for just 16 and James Anderson, who followed his five for in the first innings with two wickets – the first being his 100th at Lord’s.
India’s only hope rested in the hands of their captain Virat Kohli who came in at No5 after battling with a back injury.
He reached 17 before Broad had him snapped up by Ollie Pope at short leg. The hapless Dinesh Karthik then went LBW first ball.
4:08pm: James Anderson claims his 100th Lord’s wicket
After batting on for just forty minutes this morning, England captain Joe Root finally declared at 397 for seven, a lead of 289, at the fall of Sam Curran’s wicket for 40, caught by Mohammed Shami in the deep off Hardik Pandya.
Century maker Chris Woakes was left unbeaten on 137, more than double his previous highest Test score.
India’s innings then started as disastrously as the first as Anderson sent Murali Vijay back to the pavilion for a duck, his 100th Test wicket at the Home of Cricket, then KL Rahul followed soon after to have the tourists reeling at 13 for two.
The only thing that might save India is the rain, which arrived shortly before lunch with the tourists 17 for two.
2:05pm: We are live from Lord’s
Play has started on the fourth day at Lord’s with England pushing for victory.
England have opted to continue batting despite the overcast conditions with overnight batsmen Chris Woakes (120*) and Sam Curran (22*) still at the crease.
1:04pm: Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun spotted selling radios at the Lord’s Test
Arjun Tendulkar, son of Indian legend Sachin, was described as a ‘good boy’ by Harbhajan Singh after the 18-year-old was seen selling radios during the third day of the Test match between England and India at Lord’s on Saturday.
Arjun has been training at the MCC after making his international debut for India Under-19s against Sri Lanka last month and decided to offer his assistance by selling radio kits for spectators.
Stuart Broad picked up four wickets while James Anderson also snared four as England beat India by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord’s to lead the five Test series 2-0. .
After batting on for just forty minutes, England captain Joe Root declared at 397 for seven, a lead of 289. Century maker Chris Woakes was left unbeaten on 137, more than double his previous highest Test score.
India’s innings then started as disastrously as Anderson sent Murali Vijay back to the pavilion for a duck, his 100th Test wicket at the Home of Cricket. KL Rahul followed soon after to have the tourists reeling at 13 for two.
Play resumed following another rain delay. Ajinkya Rahane perished in the slip cordon, bringing in captain Virat Kohli who was forced to wait for his turn after being off the field for a long period during England’s innings due to a back injury. Cheteshwar Pujara was then castled by Broad, leaving India on 50-4. Broad removed Kohli and Dinesh Karthik off successive balls to set the stage for an innings win.
Follow all the action ball-by-ball from Lord’s below as India fight to survive.