Lord's disaster motivated me - James Anderson

James Anderson celebrating his five-wicket haul in Edgbaston on day one.
James Anderson celebrating his five-wicket haul in Edgbaston on day one.
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England pacer James Anderson says that going wicketless during the Lord's Test inspired him to put up a superlative performance on the first day of the third Ashes Test on Wednesday.

Anderson ended with excellent figures of six for 47 as Australia were bowled out for just 136 from 36.4 overs.

England's highest wicket-taker in Tests said that he was pumped up after having endured a tough time at Lord’s.

"After getting no wickets the confidence takes a bit of a hit,” said Anderson.

“It made me more determined to bowl better and get wickets. I knew I could bowl better than I did at Lord's."

The 32-year-old reveals he had a discussion with bowling coach Ottis Gibson after the second Test at Lord’s - a move that certainly seemed to have worked on Wednesday.

Anderson doesn’t believe that there were any mental scars from the Lord’s defeat and maintained that the minor changes made were purely technical.

"It was good to do some work with him and get some rewards out on the field.

“It was technical stuff - he thought I was just putting the ball there during the Lord's game so I've worked on finishing my action a bit more.”

After bowling on placid tracks in the first two Tests, England’s bowlers enjoyed the lively surface at Edgbaston further aided by overcast conditions.

However, Anderson confessed that England’s bowlers hadn’t expected to extract as much movement as they did on the opening day.

The rain played hide and seek on the first day – a factor that Anderson feels was vital in the pitch behaving the way it did.

"We thought it looked a good pitch, we were not expecting anywhere near the amount of seam movement early on.

“It was fortunate for us and the conditions we had throughout the day, with a bit of rain around, played into our hands.”

In response to Australia’s low total, England were 133 for three at the close of play with Ian Bell top-scoring with a quickfire half-century.

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