Anderson moves England closer to Test win

Rex Christensen
August 13, 2018

England pace bowler James Anderson became the first man to take 100 Test wickets at Lord's when he dismissed India opener Murali Vijay without scoring for the second time in the match on the fourth day of the second Test on Sunday.

India captain Virat Kohli batted with a lower back pain in the second Test against England but is confident of regaining full fitness ahead of the next game starting at Nottingham on August 18.

"I'm confident I'll be fine in five days" time'.

England were 230 for five in reply to India's meagre 107, a lead of 123 runs, at tea on the third day. Credit to England. They were clinical. India slumped to 130 all out in their second innings, with James Anderson taking his 100th Test wicket at Lord's en route to four for 23, with Stuart Broad's four for 44 featuring two wickets in two balls. "We deserved to lose this game, the way we went about things", said Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony. "Conditions were completely different", Pandya said after the end of the day's play.

That was the only complaint about a display of officiating that Aleem Dar and Marais Erasmus could be proud of in hard conditions for umpires, with the first 10 of their 12 decisions that were reviewed upheld by technology. And hence, the weather conditions come into India's calculations. Sometimes the rub of the green will go your way too.

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"We will not sit around and say that we didn't have the best of conditions".

But it was new-ball partner Mohammed Shami who struck first when, from around the wicket, he had Keaton Jennings, aiming across the line, lbw for 11. Skipper Virat Kohli will be hoping big from the bowling unit namely pacer Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.

Praising Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes for their partnership, Root said, "To get that far in front, testament to the partnership between Jonny and Woakes". I am really pleased for Woaksey (Chris). Asked about the remaining three matches, Root said, "We are in a really good position to be in at the moment".

"You've got to be quite realistic with the surfaces we've played on, two challenging wickets, a lot of seam and swing movement throughout". Still areas where we can improve, that's the exciting part.

"I was probably getting a little bit nervous", Woakes said. "It's a great team performance", he added.

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