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James Anderson in action at the Ageas Bowl
James Anderson in action at the Ageas Bowl
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Man-of-the-match Jimmy Anderson shared the credit for England’s win among the whole bowling attack after their thumping success over India.

The fast bowler took five wickets in the first innings and then got the ball rolling on the final day with a sharp burst.

He accounted for Rohit Sharma in his first over of the day and then followed that with skipper MS Dhoni to ensure there would be no late defiance shown by the Indian batsmen as they tried to save the game.

Moeen Ali (six for 67) then wrapped up the innings with his first five-wicket haul in a Test match, while Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan all played their part to varying degrees in a fine team effort.

Anderson said: ‘I think my bowling was somewhere near my best in this game.

‘It obviously helps when it swings because that’s my strength.

‘I thought we were relentless as a seam attack and we bowled brilliantly as a unit.

‘We showed when we batted that it was a good pitch and if you got in, you could certainly score runs on it. So we’ve got to take a lot of credit as bowlers for maintaining the pressure.’

It was particularly impressive from Anderson as he faces a disciplinary hearing today over an alleged incident with Ravindra Jadeja at Trent Bridge that could see him banned for the forthcoming matches.

Skipper Alaistair Cook said: ‘I just hope common sense prevails and hopefully we will see Jimmy at Old Trafford in his home Test match.

‘But the bowlers all performed brilliantly.’