‘If there’s something there, Jimmy will find it’


England fast bowler James Anders was the architect of Australia's destruction on day one at Edgbaston, taking six wickets, and pundits from both England and Australia praised his ability to find swing almost anywhere.

The Aussies were all out for 136 under cloudy skies, Anderson ripping through the order, and former England coach and captain David Lloyd said Anderson finally had a deck to work with. But that his consistency and discipline were the real keys.

Lloyd told Sky Sports: "There was no movement for Anderson at Lord’s and nothing in the air so he had a quiet game. But with his 400-plus Test match wickets you know that if there is anything in a pitch he will find it.

"He assessed the situation with the grass and bowled a full length – you may get driven occasionally but that is where you examine batsmen.

"He was on his game."

Former Australia spinner Shane Warne was also impressed with Anderson, saying he did all the right things to make sure of his wickets, though added that the Aussies batted very poorly as well.

Warne said: "You can try things like moving your fingers wider apart [on the ball] but you still have to get the length right – Jimmy did that beautifully and showed all his cleverness and skill.

"He was well backed up by Finn, who looks to me like he has changed his angle towards the batsman a little bit – he is running straight to the target, a lot more upright, and isn't falling away.

"I don't think the pitch is a raging green seamer, though, and a lot of Australia being bowled out for 130-odd was down to poor shots – chasing at some wide ones – and poor leaves."