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Ashes 2015: It's a rout as James Anderson piles the misery on Aussies

By David Clough

England's six-wicket Edgbaston hero James Anderson admitted poor shots were a big factor in Australia's first-day misery.

The tourists were all out for 136 on the first day of the third Ashes Test, with England closing just three runs behind them for the loss of three wickets when play was halted early for the day due to rain.

Australia won the toss and Michael Clarke had no doubt about putting his side in to bat, but it all went wrong, with only opener Chris Rogers, who made 52, emerging with credit.

Anderson was at his best, after failing to take a wicket in the second Test defeat at Lord's.

The pace bowler said: "We're very happy with the day, especially after losing the toss. I thought we bowled pretty well, we bowled much better than we did at Lord's.

"It was great to get them out for such a low score, then I thought the guys batted really positively and really well.

"We thought it looked a good pitch and we were going to bat on it if we won the toss. We weren't expecting it to do as much as it did

"We saw Chris Rogers get in on it and he played well and was watchful and put away the bad ball.

"Throughout the day there was probably a high percentage of poor shots rather than good balls that got wickets."

Anderson looked to "wobble" the ball and hit the seam on a full length, he said.

The Lancashire man praised Steven Finn, who on his return to the Test team after two years took two early wickets.

"He's obviously had a tough 18 months and he's worked so hard to get back in the Test side," Anderson said.

"Everyone in the dressing room is delighted for him. His first few overs were outstanding."

Rogers said Australia's day was "very disappointing".

He added: "England bowled well and put us under pressure and we didn't respond and we've got to get better at that really.

"You've got to give their attack credit, they bowled very well, but there's times when you've got to fight, you have to get through somehow, and you look at some of the dismissals and think maybe we shouldn't have got out that way."

His verdict was that the pitch offered "enough" to the bowlers.

"I think that was probably the key," he said. "It was quick enough so when it nicked and got the edge it carried.

"They exploited it very well, swung them both ways and hit the right length, so all credit to them."

Batting may not get much easier in the match, Rogers forecast.

"I think it's going to be tough throughout the whole game," he said. "There's enough pace in it. But there's cracks in it as well."


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