England v New Zealand: Black Caps have the edge, admits Anderson

England v New Zealand: James Anderson says the tourists have the edge at Lord's despite taking his 300th Test wicket on day two

James Anderson admitted New Zealand have the edge in the first Test after England struggled with the bat on day two at Lord’s.

The 30-year-old took three wickets – including his 300th in Test cricket – in the afternoon and evening sessions to help England stay in touch with the tourists.

Earlier in the day, the hosts struggled to significantly build on their day one total of 160-4, with Joe Root, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad all falling in quick succession.

The Kiwis had England 232 all out shortly after lunch, with Anderson, plus a Steve Finn wicket, limiting the tourists to 153-4 before bad light brought the day’s play to a close.

“It’s in the balance, but I’d say they just have the edge,” Anderson told BBC Sport.

“We didn’t build on yesterday as well as we would have wanted to.

“We started well with the ball but let it slip. They counter-attacked very well and we have a lot of hard work to do to keep us in the game.”

On his 300th wicket, Anderson added: “I don’t really know how I feel about that. It’s quite strange, guys who have done so much in the game and achieved so much – and I watched as a kid – come up and congratulate me on that sort of thing..

“I’m just delighted that I’ve got there, and hope there is plenty more left to come.”

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