Stokes hopes to be at Anderson's level one day

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All-rounder Ben Stokes drew inspiration from fast bowler James Anderson, as England maintained command on day one of the second Test against India at Lord's in London on Thursday.

All-rounder Ben Stokes drew inspiration from fast bowler James Anderson, as England maintained command on day one of the second Test against India at Lord's in London on Thursday.

Host captain Alastair Cook's decision to bowl first on a pitch lined with a substantial amount of grass saw the Indians reduced to 290 for nine. Rahane was the backbone throughout, defying with a telling 103.

Anderson, meanwhile, was the pick of the attack. He snared figures of four for 55 – which included the removal of the centurion, opener Shikhar Dhawan and the dangerous Virat Kohli. Stokes was responsible for the dismissal of the talented Cheteshwar Pujara.

"Watching James bowl, you just feel like he's either going to nick someone off or, next best, they'll play and miss. He swings the ball both ways. He is a very skilful bowler," said Stokes.

"When you've got him opening ends up all the time, it's good to come on and bowl without too much pressure on you – and it's brilliant watching him bowl. I thought all four of his wickets were brilliant.

"It's his consistency. He knows his game inside out. The way he sets players up with the swing he has, that's something I try to do myself – and I hope to be at his level one day."

The New Zealand-born Stokes conceded the English should have had the tourists all out before the close of play. Late resistance from aspiring all-rounder Bhuvneshwar Kumar and tail-enders Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, however, might bring a total of 300-plus come Friday.

"I think there's a bit of frustration, especially the last session there – the tail hanging around with Rahane. But you've got to give credit to him, the way he played – it was a really good knock," he added.

"We had them for 140 for seven – so taking that away, we keep knocking their top order over. Kumar seemed to hang around, with a lot of plays-and-misses and nicks through the slips.

"When it's been a long, tough day that can really get to you. I think we were extremely unlucky. With edges flying over the slips, balls hitting the gloves and going over the top."

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