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Anderson Believes No Teams Could Have Stopped Them in Those Conditions

Anderson Believes No Teams Could Have Stopped Them in Those Conditions

James Anderson was the pick of the English bowlers as they took just 35.2 overs to bowl out the visiting team for 107 in the second day of the second Test at Lord’s.

Cricket news: Anderson took five wickets as India were bundled up for 107

Anderson took five wickets in the match for 20 runs as it was his 26th five-wicket haul in his career. The bowling performance was so up to the mark that Anderson believes that no team could have stood their ground in front of such bowling.

The 36-year-old cricketer said in the post-match press conference, "Honestly, I'd have been so disappointed if I'd messed up today," as he suggested that he could still lead the bowling attack for years.

Anderson started the proceedings with a perfect out-swinger which knocked the stumps of Murali Vijay and ended the proceedings by trapping Ishant Sharma in front.

Anderson was rightfully backed by Chris Woakes (2/19), Stuart Broad (1/37) and Sam Curran (1/26) and by the pacer’s estimation, no batting lineup could have repelled the attack.

"To be honest, I think that if we bowled like that today, with those conditions, we'd bowl most teams in the world out - because I think we were that good," Anderson effused. "We hardly bowled any bad balls, didn't give them much to hit at all - and when you build pressure like that all day, no matter who you are around the world, it is difficult.

"I think if we were bowling at our batsmen, we'd have the better of them (too) We exploit those conditions as well as anyone in the world. I don't think it's just the Indian batsmen that would have struggled."

The conditions also favoured the fast bowler as he said, "Honestly, I'd have been so disappointed if I'd messed up today because they were ideal conditions to bowl in."

The English fans were delighted to know Anderson believes that there are still a few spells and few years left in him.

"All I think about is getting my body in as good a condition as it can be to cope with bowling out in the middle. I was delighted with how many overs I bowled at Edgbaston. For my body to get through that at this age I'm really happy with. I think I mean I'm doing the right stuff off the field.

"But I don't think about numbers or my age, I feel like, I won't say 28, but 32. I don't feel old, I feel like I can still throw myself around in the field as well as anyone else so as long as I feel like that I'm just going to keep playing as long as possible. Hopefully the wickets will keep coming as well and I can help this team keep winning."

Rakesh Rakshit

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75