James Anderson's maiden five-wicket haul put England on course for yesterday’s easy victory over South Africa at St George's — yet he admits it is far from the best he has bowled for his country.
Anderson's five for 23 helped to hustle the hosts out for only 119 and, with an unbeaten 52 from Jonathan Trott, England then sauntered to victory with more than 18 overs to spare to go 2-1 up in the one-day international series.
With only one more match to play on Friday — in Durban, where a welter of rain is forecast this week — England have an obvious chance of a second successive series victory over the Proteas.
Anderson's personal achievement came in his 120th ODI, against a country who rarely lose at home and as he recovers from both an ongoing right knee injury and a stubbed toe on his left foot.
But he said: “I think I've bowled better and got less rewards.
“It was just one of those days where catches went to hand.
“It was nice today to get a wicket that was a little bit conducive to seam bowling and thankfully, I made the most of it.
“I bowled a few wicket-taking balls. But it was more the pressure we built up as a unit.
“Tim Bresnan's spell was fantastic from the bottom end, and Stuart (Broad) got an early breakthrough as well - which was a huge help.”
In fact, it was a day when most things fell for England including a coin that forced home captain Graeme Smith to make the decision to bat.
It was a move that backfired and despite a battling 51 from Alviro Petersen, the match was long lost by the time it was South Africa's turn to bowl.