Anderson lauds Broad burst
James Anderson lavished praise on Stuart Broad’s new-ball spell that set the tone for a disciplined England bowling display on the first day of action on this Ashes tour.
Broad struck twice in successive deliveries in the second over and Western Australia were not allowed to fully recover at the WACA.
The tall paceman also dismissed Australia Test batsman Marcus North before lunch, which he took with 3-13 to his name before finishing with 3-47 from 18 overs.
The hosts repaired Broad’s early damage in the afternoon as opener Wes Robinson and Adam Voges struck 62 and 72 respectively.
However, each of the England’s other bowlers - Anderson, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn and Paul Collingwood - struck before WA declared on 242 for eight and removed Alastair Cook in six overs before the close.
“I think in general we’re pretty happy,” said Anderson. “I think ‘Swanny’ got better as the day went on. ‘Broady’ bowled brilliantly up front.
“I was pretty happy with the way I bowled. ‘Finny’ showed glimpses of some form. In general we’re really happy with the day’s performance.”
Anderson, who had Luke Pomersbach caught behind after tea en route to figures of 1-48 from 22 overs, revealed England’s tactic today was to be as miserly as possible and believes it paid off.
“We tried a plan today that worked - it was a left-hander that I got out - trying to dry the runs up," he added. "I think it’s going to be a patience game when the ball gets old."
Broad’s early breakthroughs left WA nought for two and Anderson knows making the most of the new ball will be vital this winter.
“I think the first 10, 15 overs are going to be crucial with that new ball,” he said.
“Reverse swing might play a part somewhere down the line later on in the innings. On lush outfields like this we’ve got be patient and I think we showed pretty good patience today.”
Anderson reiterated England’s desire to win each of their warm-up games, which mean more to him with first-class status.
“I think we’ve made a big step in the last couple of years away from playing 12, 13 players in the warm-up games - they’re not taken that seriously,” he observed.
“We’ve got to try and hit the ground running and that’s what we’re trying to do in these games.
"We’re taking them as seriously as we possibly can and we’re going out to win each game."
Ahead of the first Test at Brisbane, starting on November 25, he added: “They just mean a lot because it’s such a huge series coming up.
“We want to get as good a practice in as possible and playing against some really good state sides is a great practice for us.
“As today showed, it was a really tough day for us in the field but we stuck at it well.”