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England finally put some spice into their cricket in Grenada thanks to James Anderson

James Anderson spares England's blushes in one magnificent morning.

At the start of the fifth day here in Grenada a draw seemed the most likely outcome. England's modest attack had only taken two wickets in 70 overs the previous day and seemed ill-equipped to bowl out the West Indies by tea to enable them to win the game.

However, England still have a world-class bowler in Anderson, and the 34 year old Lancastrian, though a declining force from his imperious best, rolled back the years to take three wickets and two catches before gloriously running out Holder to leave the home team reeling.

After two quick L.B.Ws from Ali, England were left to score 143 from 44 overs (plus the last hour), which seemed unlikely at the start of play. Despite losing the shuffling Trott for a duck, Cook and Ballance eased England to victory with an hour to spare.

However, as fine as this final day victory was, it only papers over the cracks in the England team.

Trott looks desperately low on confidence and the bowling attack is still too monotone. Now is the time for an injection of pace for the bouncy Barbados pitch. Either Wood or Plunkett need to come in for Jordan or Stokes, with the latter looking the more vulnerable now Ali has added depth to the batting.

Lyth seems the obvious choice to replace Trott, but the cautious England selectors will probably give Trott another chance.

Whilst this victory was welcome, those of us at the Grenada National Stadium didn't see a performance likely to worry New Zealand, never mind Australia.

Are England's cricketers getting back on track?



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