England v India: James Anderson praises hosts’s ‘relentless’ attack
England v India: James Anderson praises the hosts for relentlessly toiling on day one, limiting India to 259-4 at Trent Bridge
James Anderson paid credit to his fellow bowlers after England’s attack were made to toil on an unresponsive Trent Bridge pitch, helping India finish on 259-4 on day one of the first Test.
The Nottinghamshire bowler took England’s first two wickets of the five-match series – Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara – either side of lunch as the hosts struggled on a disappointing wicket.
We’re pretty happy with the day’s work but we are not going to settle on that. We know we have a lot of work to do tomorrow
The tourists added one more run before Stuart Broad ousted Virat Kohli to leave India wobbling, but on 107-3, they could afford to take their time and steady the ship.
Opener Murali Virjay, who finished the day on an unbeaten 122, was helped by Ajinkya Rahane at the crease, with the latter eventually falling to Liam Plunkett.
“We are pretty happy with the way things went,” Anderson, who claimed two wickets to become the first bowler to take 50 Test wickets at Trent Bridge, told ECB’s website.
“I think the pitch is very flat and there is not a lot of carry in it. We’ve had a few nicks that didn’t quite carry to slip which is frustrating, but I thought we toiled away relentlessly as a bowling attack.
“It’s a very sub-continental style pitch. We set a lot of fields in front of the wicket as you would in India or Sri Lanka. You are trying to use your variations as well and take your pace off the ball – trying to get the ball to reverse-swing.
“We did all of that in stages, but frustratingly we had a few nicks that didn’t carry.
“We had an lbw that on another day could have been given. We’re pretty happy with the day’s work but we are not going to settle on that. We know we have a lot of work to do tomorrow.”