Jimmy Anderson admits dominant England ‘definitely hit the nail on the head’ after sacking India for 78 before openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed locked out a lead for the hosts at Headingley
- Jimmy Anderson helped England remove India for just 78 in Headingley
- Anderson was particularly pleased with his old enemy Virat Kohli. to delete
- The bowler also singled out Haseeb Hameed for credit after an unbeaten 60
James Anderson praised England’s perfect day as they spectacularly took control of the crucial third Test in Leeds against India.
After helping to sack the tourists for 78 – their lowest total against England in 47 years – openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed reacted with a straight stand of 120 as Joe Root’s team bounced back from their meltdown at Lord’s.
“It doesn’t get much better than that,” said Anderson, taking out KL Rahul in his first over, Cheteshwar Pujara in his third and Indian captain Virat Kohli in his sixth.
Jimmy Anderson raved about England’s brilliance on day one against India at Headingley
“We talked about trying to bowl as a unit, and we definitely succeeded today. Then the way the openers played at the end was excellent, and exactly what we asked for.
“These days don’t come around very often, so you just have to be happy when they do.”
Anderson was especially happy to cheaply remove Kohli for the second time in the series, caught behind by Jos Buttler.
“He’s a fantastic player and someone you want to keep quiet, especially in a five-game run,” he said.
“You know, when it gets going, it can be very destructive. The way we bowled to him has been very good and we have to try to keep him quiet as often as possible.”
Openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed resigned after Anderson and the bowlers struck
And there was praise for Hameed, his former Lancashire colleague, who did his first Test fifty in almost five years.
“Since he’s back in the Test lineup, you can see how much he’s worked on his game, how he’s become a better player,” Anderson said.
“One thing he’s always had is the right temperament for international cricket, and we’ve seen tons of that today.”
Anderson also admitted that England had made a conscious effort to focus on their own game after being dragged into a scuffle during the second Test.
“For the first three or four days at Lord’s we played brilliantly and didn’t get involved in too much discussion. After that, it may have touched us a bit.
“We’ve made a conscious effort to focus on what we’re doing right and ignore everything else.”