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Anderson stars on Test return on Day One

Anderson stars on Test return on Day One

Lancashire fast-bowler James Anderson took three wickets on his return to international cricket but centuries from Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara put India firmly in control after the opening day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam.

Anderson, playing his first test since August after fracturing his shoulder, dismissed Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane before capturing centurion Pujara for 119 as India finished day one on 319-4.

Pujara and captain Virat Kohli, who made an unbeaten 151, amassed a 226-run partnership for the third wicket as England toiled in the field after a bright start.

The hosts were earlier reduced to 22-2 after Stuart Broad removed KL Rahul and Vijay gloved Anderson to Ben Stokes at gully, but England were unable to capitalise as India look set to build a commanding lead.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Anderson says he was relieved to be in the wickets on a testing pitch.

He said: “I knew there was going to be some rustiness there in the early stages. To get into the game and get a wicket early, that made a big difference.

"It's the sort of wicket as a seam bowler, where if you get anything out of the day you feel as if you've really achieved something because there's not a lot there.”

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