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Handy Andy puts England in control

James Anderson’s five wicket haul has left England in command going into the third day of the npower first Test against Pakistan.

Anderson’s 5-49 signalled the intent of England’s pace attack as he and Steven Finn, who claimed 3-20, ripped through Pakistan’s batsmen to leave them on 147-9 and needing eight runs to avoid the follow on.

It had been a bad start to the day for England as they collapsed to 354 all out, losing six wickets and adding a measly 23 runs to their overnight score, however their bowlers quickly got over their dismal performance with the bat and put in a fantastic display.

The visitors had been struggling on 47-6 before they fought back to give themselves some hope of getting a result in the opening Test, but Anderson was more than satisfied with his day.

Anderson told talkSPORT’s Guy Swindells: “I thought we bowled pretty well as a unit and deserved to get them nine down.”

The England fast bowler added: “It was one of those days for us where the nicks carried and when we did get a little bit of movement we found the edge.”
 

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