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England pace bowler James Anderson has admitted that he was not impressed with the pitch during the first day of the first Test against India in Nottingham.
Even though Anderson dismissed India’s batting duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara, the tourists still managed to secure a slight edge at the end of the first day thanks to Murali Vijay’s unbeaten 122.
“It was frustrating,” Anderson said. “It’s not great, but there is not a lot we can do about it unless some strict directives come in.
“I thought we did brilliantly today. Our attitude was fantastic. We could have moaned about the pitch quite easily and sulked about, but I thought all the bowlers stuck at their task brilliantly and we’re pretty happy with our day’s work.
“As bowlers we don’t expect seam movement. We expect flat pitches at Test level. We just expect our nicks to carry and a more even contest between bat and ball.”
Anderson also noted that there was nothing England could do about the pitch now.
“It was frustrating. But the pitch is what it is and there is not a lot we can do about it at this stage,” he said. “We’ve got to rest well and stick at it tomorrow. Even two days out we could see the pitch wasn’t going to be one with huge amounts of pace in it. But it is something you’ve got to try and put out of your mind. Our job is to take wickets and all day long we tried to do that. We tried different things: different fields; different balls. We tried everything.”
Anderson added that England’s bowling attack were forced to keep experimenting throughout the day.
“On a pitch like that you have try and be creative and unsettle the batsmen as much as you can,” Anderson said. “All the bowlers came up with ideas and Alastair Cook was brilliant with his plans. We worked really well together at unsettling them. The way we came out after lunch was brilliant. We got two quick wickets and could have had a third with a nick that dropped short of second slip.”