We did extremely well to get ourselves back into the match, says James Anderson

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“In previous games we’ve got a little bit excited and carried away and gone away from our plan”

England pace bowler James Anderson has announced that the national team did extremely well to claw their way back into the match on the second day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Anderson’s comments come after Australia still trailed by 91 runs and only had one wicket in hand heading into the third day.

“We didn’t start as well as we wanted to, we thought we had a chance of getting up to 300 with the bat,” Anderson told Sky Sports. “But we knew that it was a hard wicket to score on and if we bowled well we might get some reward, and we did.

“There are no demons as such in the pitch, it’s just a pitch that is hard to score on. We just tried to be as boring and patient as possible throughout the whole day.

“Maybe in previous games we’ve got a little bit excited and carried away and gone away from our plan. That is something that we concentrated on this game.”

When asked why he was struggling to take wickets as of late, Anderson said: “I don’t know really. I think today is probably the worst I’ve felt rhythm-wise. I felt pretty good in the games beforehand, I’ve just not quite got the reward for it.

“I’ve been working really hard trying to check my seam position and if I’m swinging it enough and making sure everything is in order. I didn’t feel great today but I got three wickets.”

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