Anderson gets young with five-wicket haul | Sunday Observer

Anderson gets young with five-wicket haul

James Anderson
James Anderson

James Anderson says he does not feel his 36 years after his five-wicket haul put England on top on day two of the second Test with India at Lord’s.

Following Thursday’s washout, Anderson struck in the first over on Friday and finished with 5-20 as England bowled out the tourists for 107.

“I don’t feel old, I feel like I can still throw myself around in the field as well as anyone else,” he said.

“As long as I feel like that I’m going to keep playing as long as possible.”

The Lancastrian, who captured his 26th five-wicket haul, one short of Ian Botham’s England Test record, added: “I don’t think about numbers or my age, I feel like, I won’t say 28, but 32. Hopefully the wickets will keep coming as well.”

Anderson is England’s record Test wicket-taker, with Friday’s show of superb swing bowling taking him to 549 Test wickets, only 14 behind Australian great Glenn McGrath.

He produced an initial two-wicket burst as India struggled to11-2 before the first of several rain delays.

And England, who secured a fine victory in the first Test, exploited conditions that were conducive to swing and seam movement throughout, bowling out India in the final over of the day. “Some days it hoops round - they’ve been quite rare actually, the days we’ve had like that, movement through the air as much as that - but for us, with the experience we’ve had of bowling on flat decks and the ball doing nothing, when you get the opportunity like that you lick your lips and try toshow off your skills,” Anderson said.

- (bbcsport)