England v India: Vijay reveals Anderson video work after day-one ton

England v India: India's Murali Vijay reveals his pre-Test preparation for James Anderson after hitting an unbeaten century on day one

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Murali Vijay revealed that he studied videos of England bowler James Anderson ahead of the first Test after his an unbeaten century helped India reach 259-4 on day one at Trent Bridge.

India opener Vijay made the most of a lifeless wicket to score an impressive 122, finishing the day alongside captain Mahendra Dhoni, who reached his half century.

“I’ve worked a lot with videos of James Anderson. The first 15 minutes are the toughest thing as an opener. I wanted to play straight and late,” Vijay told BBC Sport.

“It’s a good batting wicket. After lunch, there was period when it was doing a bit, so that was a good experience for me.

“Duncan Fletcher has helped a lot because he knows how things work in these conditions. We were working for two weeks before we came out here.”

Anderson had dismissed Shikhar Dhawan in the morning session, but the tourists scored 106 runs to put themselves in charge at lunch.

The England bowler got his second wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara shorty after the break, whilst Virat Kohli was ousted thanks to a brilliant Ian Bell catch off the bowing of Stuart Broad.

India regrouped to halt England’s charge, before Liam Plunkett got his first wicket, taking the scalp of Ajinkya Rahane to give the hosts a platform to build on in the first Test at the end of day one.

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