London, Aug 13 (PTI) The Lord’s seems to be getting the best out of me, veteran English sailor James Anderson said Friday after taking his seventh catch with five wickets at the legendary venue.
With his fourth pentathlon against India at Lord’s, 39-year-old Anderson became the oldest pacemaker to have achieved the feat in tests since 1951.
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“Lord’s has something very special, for sure for me. It just seemed to bring out the best in me. The last couple of times I’ve come here you think, well, this was my last time I played here you like.” so that it will be a good performance, “said Anderson.
English skipper Joe Root’s performance with the racket and his handling of the team over the past few years have been amazing, added the seasoned sailor on Friday.
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Root showed his class again with an unbeaten stroke and did not let India dictate the conditions in the second test here on Friday after Anderson turned 31.
“Absolutely, he’s been great. Throughout his career and especially the last 12 months with everything we’ve been through with the pandemic and the pressure on this team to run the team and play the way he did.” . ” is nothing but superhuman, “said Anderson at the end of day two.
“I couldn’t speak highly of him and every time he goes out he just shows class and today was just that.”
Root, who was the lonely ranger for England in the rain-soaked opening test at 64 and 109, looked solid again and remained undefeated at 48 to help the home team get 119/3 on stumps.
Root surpassed the former English captain Graham Gooch (8,900 test runs) as the second highest scorer in the country and is now only behind Alastair Cook.
In response to India’s 364 all-out, England lost opening player Dom Sibley and comeback man Haseeb Hameed in consecutive balls to 23/2 within 15 overs before Root and Rory Burns (49) their innings with an 85- Restore run-stand.
“He looked great from the first ball, came from the hat-trick ball that can put pressure on you, but he played it pretty comfortably,” said Anderson.
“Maybe everyone else in the locker room seems to have a really calming effect on the locker room when you see a captain play that first ball and the hat-trick ball. So I’m sure he’s a lot more confident.” . “
England followed 245 runs with Root and Jonny Bairstow at the gate.
“We’re in a decent position. I know we have a lot of hard work to do but we’re pretty happy with the way we are.”
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