Ashes 2013-14: James Anderson hails ‘boring’ England

Ashes 2013-14: James Anderson hails England's "boring" approach after the tourists reduced Australia to 164-9

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

James Anderson believes England’s “boring” approach proved effective after the tourists reduced Australia to 164-9 at the end of day two of the fourth Ashes Test.

The hosts quickly brought England’s first innings to an end as Tim Bresnan, Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad were all dismissed in quick succession in the morning session, with Anderson and Monty Panesar offering brief resistance.

We just tried to bang out our areas and be as boring as possible and wait for the breakthroughs

James Anderson

Australia made an inconspicuous start in reply to England’s 255, and bowling duo Anderson and Stuart Broad ripped through the opposition, finishing with figures of 4-50 and 3-50 respectively.

“We didn’t start as well as we wanted to – the aim was to get 300 on the ball and we didn’t do that,” Anderson told BBC Sport after England finished with a 91-run lead.

“But we knew it was a hard wicket to score on and if we were disciplined we could take wickets and we did.

“We just stuck to our plans – there are no demons in the pitch. We just tried to bang out our areas and be as boring as possible and wait for the breakthroughs.”

Anderson hailed the impact of Ben Stokes after the England all-rounder finished with figures of 1-38, bowling four maidens in Melbourne.

“The addition of Ben Stokes has been a godsend for the other seamers,” added Anderson.

“Having a number six batter who can bowl as well as he does really helps us out by giving us that fourth seamer.

“He has the chance to be an outstanding bowler.”

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