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Anderson lauds all-round effort

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James Anderson spoke to ECBtv after day two at Edgbaston - watch the full interview in the player above

England’s day two star James Anderson heaped praise on fellow wicket-takers Andrew Flintoff and Monty Panesar as he reflected on an encouraging team performance at Edgbaston.

Opening bowler Anderson led the way with four wickets this morning to claim 5-34 as Warwickshire were overwhelmed by England’s attack.

Fellow right-arm seamer Flintoff, who took 2-16 in nine economical overs, and left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, who picked up three late order wickets, skittled the hosts for 102.

“They bowled really well,” the 26-year-old told ECBtv. “Fred has had a few four-day games with Lancashire. He bowled really quickly today and very aggressively like he normally does, it’s great to see.

“Obviously Monty, back in the team, got three wickets at the end there and looked pretty good.”

James Anderson

Opening bowler Anderson strives for another breakthrough on a morning he picked up four wickets to claim 5-34

England took a first-innings lead of 188 which they nearly doubled in closing on 185 for two, with Ravi Bopara unbeaten on 88 going into the final day.

Bopara was promoted to opening the innings with captain Andrew Strauss, who struck 61, after Alastair Cook’s first-innings century.

“Cookie in the first innings looked good and Ravi in the second has looked pretty good and hopefully tomorrow a few more of our batsmen can get time in the middle as well,” Anderson added.

“It would be nice to get a bit of time out in the middle. I think everyone wants a bit of time out in the middle.

“Playing in the middle is obviously better than net practice, I think, so if I can get a bit of time out in the middle then it would be great.”

Anderson also picked out England’s fielding on a scorching day when six of the nine wickets to fall were from catches.

“There were some good catches and the bowling was pretty good all the way through,” he said. “The heat was obviously different to what we’ve been used to the last few weeks but it was nice just to get a good day of weather.”

The Lancashire man, who played in each match of England’s ICC World Twenty20 campaign last month, admitted his best is yet to come as he comes to terms with the demands of the first-class game again.

“I felt pretty good, still a bit rusty, still getting used to the red ball,” he concluded. “Obviously it’s nice to get wickets but the fact that we all got some good overs under our belt.”

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