‘It was good fun being out there’, says James Anderson

"It's probably the first time I've really enjoyed batting"

“It’s probably the first time I’ve really enjoyed batting”

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England pace bowler James Anderson has admitted that “it was good fun being out there” with batsman Joe Root during their historic 198-run partnership.

Root and Anderson broke the record for the largest last-wicket partnership in Test history.

Anderson ended up making a career-best 81, which came off 130 balls and included 17 boundaries.

Root meanwhile remained unbeaten on 154 off 295 deliveries, which included 15 boundaries.

“I had really good fun today. It’s probably the first time I’ve really enjoyed batting,” Anderson told Sky Sports. “It was a great effort. We just seemed to get on a roll last night, and I think overnight we both just thought that we could actually annoy the Indians today and stay out there a little bit.

“Obviously we didn’t think anything like this could happen. We knew we still had a job to do this morning and we stuck at it brilliantly.

“It was good fun being out there. I wouldn’t say it was easy but it was such a slow pitch that you knew there was only a few ways you could get out. If you had a good game plan you could stick in there.”

Upon reaching his maiden half-century, Anderson did not celebrate too much as he knew England still had a lot of work to do.

“Joe came down the wicket and said ‘milk it’ but I didn’t really know what that meant so I just sort of did the rounds with the bat,” he said. I’ve seen people point at the dressing room so I did that as well but that was it. I did think if I was ever going to get 50 it would be a wicket like this.”

Anderson also recalled how he kept thinking of his dismissal off the penultimate ball of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Headingley.

“Obviously it was disappointing at Headingley, you do have those moments but they make you want to cherish these ones all the more,” Anderson said. “I have had a few triumphs with the bat but I’m a No 11 and not a lot is expected of my batting: that’s not why I’m in the team.

“But I’ve have had some success in the past grinding out draws. I maybe haven’t had the runs but I’ve had to do certain jobs for the team.”

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