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Five down, but England will continue to attack: Anderson

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Last updated on: July 03, 2022 12:59 IST
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India pacer Mohammed Siraj celebrates with teammates after dismissing England's Joe Root during Day 2 of the fifth Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Saturday.

IMAGE: India pacer Mohammed Siraj celebrates with teammates after dismissing England's Joe Root during Day 2 of the fifth Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Saturday. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

England will draw confidence from India's strong comeback from a similar situation and continue to play aggressively when play resumes on Day 3 in the rescheduled fifth Test, at Edgbaston, Birmingham, says veteran seamer James Anderson.

The hosts are in a precarious position with half of the team back in the pavilion, having ended Day 2 on 84 for 5 in their first innings, still trailing India by 332 runs.

 

The situation is akin to where India team found themselves on the opening day, at 98 for 5.

"We're in a similar situation to them (India), and that gives us confidence we can do something similar," Anderson said after the second day's play.

Rishabh Pant (146) and Ravindra Jadeja (104) changed the complexion of the game, the duo putting on 222 runs for the sixth wicket as India amassed 416 in their first innings.

"We've all got a job to do down the order; we've got to put on some big partnerships and put some pressure back on India.

"I've got a fair feeling our best line of defence will be attack," Anderson said.

In the second Test against New Zealand last month, skipper Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow bailed England out of a similar situation.

"The way we've got ourselves out of sticky situations in the last few weeks has been by trying to put pressure back on the opposition, and I don't see this being any different.

"We want to score, we want to move the game forward, and that's what we'll try and do."

With the ball, Anderson picked a fifer, ending the first innings with figures of 5 for 60, but conceded that Pant's brilliant innings swayed the momentum India's way.

"I actually thought we bowled well yesterday morning and into the afternoon and then Pant played an amazing innings.

"He's extremely talented, he's got all the shots and he's not afraid to play them, so he's a difficult guy to bowl at."

To add to the assault, skipper Jaspirt Bumrah bludgeoned a hapless Stuart Broad for 29 runs to create a world record for maximum runs off a single over in Test cricket.

Broad ended up giving away 35 runs in that over after adding the extras.

"On another day one of those top-edges goes straight to hand, and if that happens no one talks about the over. The way it went was pretty unlucky I thought.

"Sometimes it can be easier to bowl to top-order batsmen. I remember a few balls I bowled to Mohammed Siraj today where he tried to hit two out of the ground and then played a perfect back-foot defensive to the next one.

"So, it can be tricky to get into a rhythm against them. You've just got to back yourself that your best ball will get them out eventually."

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