James Anderson completed an 11-wicket haul as England crushed Pakistan by 354 runs in the npower First Test at Trent Bridge.
After being set a recording breaking target of 435 to win, Pakistan started the day under pressure after slipping to 15-3 at the close of play yesterday, leaving the tourists looking resigned to defeat.
After a quiet start, Anderson soon picked up the pace removing Imran Farhat, Umar Amin and Umar Akmal. Steve Finn then joined in on the action by dismissing Mohammed Aamer in his first over, and Anderson wrapped things up with the final wicket of Mahammad Asif to leave the visitors all out for just 80 before lunch.
Anderson proved once again to be Pakistan’s key tormentor with second innings figures of 6-17 in just 15 overs, surpassing his first innings effort of 5-54, to earn him his first 10-wicket haul in Test cricket.
After an impressive start to the series, England captain Andrew Strauss was quick to praise his side: “We did a lot of really good things in this Test match,” he said. “We didn’t necessarily have it all our own way. There were some times when we had to dig pretty deep but we came through those periods and ultimately we got ourselves in a position where we could really exert a lot of pressure on Pakistan.”