England's James Anderson walks back to the pavilion after coming off injured mid-over on the second day of the third Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, on July 30, 2015.
England's James Anderson walks back to the pavilion after coming off injured mid-over on the second day of the third Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, on July 30, 2015. AFP Photo - Paul Ellis

Anderson enjoys a top day in the field

AFTER helping skittle Australia for 136 on the first day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston, English seamer James Anderson had a stark warning for Michael Clarke's men, declaring: "I feel like I can bowl better than that".

He certainly hadn't before ... not in an Ashes Test.

His 6-47 was a sharp contrast to his wicketless performance in the second Test at Lord's, although clearly the hard, greenish pitch and grey clouds in Birmingham gave him significantly more assistance.

He also admitted the Australian batsmen hadn't helped their cause, with only veteran opener Chris Rogers showing the application that was clearly needed after Anderson's first ball jagged alarmingly away from the left-hander's bat

"We got edges, there were a few poor shots. I think it's good there's that possibility of us bowling better than that, which is really exciting," Anderson said.

"Getting six-fer against Australia, in a crucial game, will rank highly for me on that level, but from a specific bowling point of view I think I can bowl much better."

The 32-year-old, England's all-time leading wicket-taker, has certainly bowled better at home than overseas throughout his career.

His 265 Test scalps in England have come at 27 runs each, while his 147 abroad have each cost 34 runs.

The Australians had precious little to celebrate, although fast bowler Mitchell Johnson did get his name into the record books.

When he scored his first run, Johnson became only the third Australia player in Tests to have scored 2000 runs and taken 200 wickets, following Richie Benaud and Shane Warne.

- APN SPORTS BUREAU


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