Nottingham, 15 July
James Anderson insisted he was prepared for more hard work in pursuit of Ashes glory after leading England to a nailbiting 14-run win over Australia in the first Test at Trent Bridge.
Anderson bowled 13 unchanged overs in yesterday’s morning session, taking three for 29 on his way to innings figures of five for 73 and a match return of 10 for 158 as Ashes-holders England went 1-0 up in this five-match series.
At 231 for nine, Australia were 80 runs shy of their victory target of 311. But a last-wicket stand of 65 between Brad Haddin (71) and James Pattinson (25 not out) took them to the brink of a sensational win.
It was no surprise when England captain Alastair Cook turned to Anderson after lunch.
Ian Bell and Anderson, heroes of England’s 14-run win over Australia in the first Ashes Test, made impressive gains in the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings released today.
Bell, who scored 25 and 109, is back in the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for batsmen. He jumped five places to 17th.
The other batsmen to move up in the latest batting rankings are Shane Watson in 43rd (up by two), Phil Hughes in 45th (up by three), Brad Haddin in 48th (up by two), Steven Smith in 52nd(up by five), Jonny Bairstow in 65th (up by three) and Stuart Broad in 67th (up by six).