Anderson aim to profit on batting wicket
James Anderson hopes the batsman-friendly conditions that helped Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy haul the West Indies back into contention on day one of the second Investec Test can play into England's hands over the weekend.
England looked to be moving into an unassailable position when they reduced the tourists to 136 for six in the afternoon session but Samuels (107 not out) battled hard for his third Test century and Sammy raced to 88no at stumps in a momentum-shifting stand worth 168. They resume on Saturday looking to build on a promising score of 304 for six.
But Anderson expects the warm weather and an unusually benign Trent Bridge track can help England respond with a big total of their own. He said: "I can only see the pitch getting better and that's good for our batsmen. They played patiently and if people play patiently on that pitch you can bat for a very long time."
He said. "We made early inroads, which was great, but it just flattened out and they played really well in the last session in particular. To have them 136 for six... we weren't expecting that. We expected a hard day in the field which we ended up getting."
Anderson's frustrations boiled over in the wicketless evening session and the Lancastrian's moody side came out as he treated Samuels to a few choice barbs.
The Jamaican proved impossible to unsettle, though, and had some advice for his opponent about his on-field conduct.
"James Anderson should know I'm batting for my team. There were a lot of balls I couldn't hit to the boundary so I left them alone," he said. "He is one who gets frustrated very easily so he needs to be stronger. To be honest, I haven't found too many bowlers who can bowl and talk but I can bat and talk all day.
"He's a very good guy. In the last game at Lord's he was a bit frustrated but I told him: 'You're still my favourite bowler'. I told him the same thing here, no matter what he said."
Anderson admitted he lost his cool, but felt he did not cross any lines despite an informal caution from umpire Aleem Dar.
"It does get frustrating at times when you're beating the bat and I had a couple of dropped catches in the morning," he said. "It just built up and there were a couple of lbws that could have gone either way. Things can get a little bit out of hand but I wasn't saying anything that bad I don't think."
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