Anderson – patience was key

England (8/11 to win the fourth Test, draw 10/1, Australia win 6/4) pace bowler James Anderson believes the tourists were successful on day two at the MCG because of their patient and disciplined bowling approach.

The tourists could only reach 255 all out in Melbourne despite starting the day on 226-6, as Mitchell Johnson once again caused problems for England’s tail end. Tim Bresnan (1) fell cheaply, before Kevin Pietersen was dismissed for 71.

Stuart Broad started his innings well, but then Johnson trapped him lbw. Anderson was left on his own after Monty Panesar fell victim to Nathan Lyon (8/13 to be the tenth man out), but he took his frustration out on the Australia attack.

Anderson finished with figures of 3-50 while Broad also took three wickets as the duo, alongside Tim Bresnan, tore through the Australia order.

“We didn’t start as well as we wanted to, we thought we had a chance of getting up to 300 with the bat,” Anderson told Sky Sports.

“But we knew that it was a hard wicket to score on and if we bowled well we might get some reward, and we did.”

He added: “There are no demons as such in the pitch, it’s just a pitch that is hard to score on. We just tried to be as boring and patient as possible throughout the whole day.

“Maybe in previous games we’ve got a little bit excited and carried away and gone away from our plan. That is something that we concentrated on this game.”

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