Mixed fortunes for impressive Anderson
James Anderson starred for England on day one of the second Investec Test at Trent Bridge, but was left to reflect on an ultimately frustrating time for the hosts.
Anderson took two catches and as many wickets this morning to leave West Indies 63 for four after they opted to bat first.
A fifty partnership between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels limited the damage, but Chanderpaul's departure to Graeme Swann followed by Tim Bresnan cheaply removing Denesh Ramdin had the tourists reeling at 136 for six.
However, Samuels and his captain Darren Sammy combined to add an unbroken 168, which brought apparent parity at stumps.
Anderson, who claimed 2-58 said: "To have them 130 for six, we weren't expecting that. We were expecting a hard day in the field.
"We knew the new ball would be crucial and it might do a bit and we made early inroads, which was great. But then it just seemed to flatten out.
"Swanny got one to turn, probably the only one that turned all day.
"It just flattened out. They played really well at the end, the last session in particular.
"They played very patiently and if people play patiently on that pitch you can bat for a very long time."
The first of Anderson's catches was a stunner, one-handed to his left at slip after Adrian Barath edged Stuart Broad.
"I didn't really know that much about it to be honest," Anderson admitted.
"It got a bit closer and just seemed to stick in my hand. I was happy with it but a bit lucky as well."
If the morning session went almost perfectly for Anderson, the day grew increasingly trying for him as his body language towards the end of the day reflected.
Even armed with the second new ball, he and his fellow bowlers could not break through.
Anderson, though, was optimistic about restricting the tourists to a manageable total tomorrow.
"We knew that was going to be an important part of the game," he said of the second new ball.
"We beat the bat a few times and had a close lbw, but it just wasn't to be today. It was one of those days where we didn't quite get the rub of the green.
"We'll stay positive overnight and we'll come back tomorrow and we've got a newish ball that we can make early inroads with."
Samuels came to the crease with his side four down this morning and initially found it tough going.
However, he grew in confidence as a brilliantly sunny day in Nottingham wore on and reached his third Test ton shortly before the close.
"Once I got through that tough period and took it to the England bowlers, the plan worked to perfection. It's a wonderful feeling," he said.
"Scoring runs against the number one team means a lot of good for me as well," he added.
"We got that big partnership because Chanderpaul is the one that's frustrated them and then they bowled the bad ball at me. Fortunately we had the captain to come and play a wonderful innings."
Samuels, who joked that he would make a double century tomorrow, explained the Windies' first-innings goal. "Five hundred - that's the aim," he said in all seriousness.