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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 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77