JAMES ANDERSON has revealed that England's inspired bowling performance on Day Two of the Fourth Ashes Test came as a result of a conversation with their batsmen.
The visitors had arguably their best day of the tour as Australia closed the day on 164 for 9, trailing England by 91 runs.
Lancashire’s Anderson and Stuart Broad took three wickets each and were supported superbly by Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan and Monty Panesar.
Speaking to ecb.co.uk, Anderson said: “As a bowling group, we spoke to the batsmen, trying to find out what the best way to go about taking wickets on that pitch is.
“They just said ‘if you stay patient and keep hitting the right areas, it’s difficult to score’.
“I thought we set the right fields today, we stuck the plans and got rewards for it.
“It reversed a little bit. The odd one seamed,” he added.
Despite England’s prowess in the field, Anderson is not getting carried away.
He said: “We know we’ve still got a long way to go in this game, but we’re in a really good position.
“I think if we can knock them over in the morning quite quickly, when we get to bat again we’re going to have to get stuck in. And it might be slow going at times and a bit turgid but we’re just going to have to try to battle through and see where we can get.”
Picture: James Anderson celebrates taking the wicket of david Warner in melbourne (c) Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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