London — To quote Mohammed Shami’s middle-stump nine balls after the last drinks interval at The Oval on Tuesday: "Clunk." With that, England beat India by 118 runs to seal the series 4-1. And James Anderson‚ whose inswinger to Shami would have been too good for many proper batsmen‚ never mind a No10‚ became‚ in his 143rd test‚ the most successful fast bowler in the history of the game. Anderson’s 564 wickets took him past the previous owner of that honour‚ Glenn McGrath‚ and put him behind only Muttiah Muralitharan‚ Shane Warne and Anil Kumble among the 2,932 men who have dared to mark out a run-up in test cricket. The most gracious crowd in cricket anywhere‚ about 7,000 of them out of the total of 103,000 for the match‚ rose under the gun-metal grey skies of a still warm autumnal day to pay homage‚ and "Oh! Jimmy‚ Jimmy … Jimmy‚ Jimmy‚ Jimmy‚ Jimmy Anderson" was the only song in town. They are spoilt at The Oval: on Monday Alastair Cook crowned a fine career by scoring 147 in his ...

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