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Anderson takes two quick wickets before rain returns at Lord’s

James Anderson was in the wickets early on day two of the second Specsavers Test at Lord’s

James Anderson gave England a wonderful start to the second Specsavers Test with two quick wickets before rain returned to interrupt play at Lord’s.

After a first-day washout, England put the tourists in under increasing cloud cover – and with more showers forecast.

There was time before the first rain arrived for Anderson to eliminate both India openers as the tourists faltered to 11 for two in 6.3 overs.

With the fifth delivery of the match, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker made short work of Murali Vijay – who pushed towards mid-on only to lose his off-bail to a perfect outswinger and depart for a duck.

Then in his fourth over, Anderson was at it again – KL Rahul his second victim, edging behind on the forward-defence to one that just held its impeccable line.

Two balls later, rain interrupted play and soon appeared to threaten a lengthy stoppage – with Anderson only four more wickets away from becoming the first bowler in history to take 100 Test wickets at Lord’s.

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