Anderson, Root drag England back into 2nd test against India

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LONDON (AP)Jimmy Anderson claimed the latest five-wicket haul of his enduring career to drag England back into the second test against India that was finely poised Friday after Mohammed Siraj’s quickfire double in the home team’s reply to 364.

England reached stumps on Day 2 at 119-3, with captain Joe Root unbeaten on 48 and seemingly needing a big innings to maintain his side’s recovery, which was sparked by another memorable performance by Anderson at Lord’s.

The name of the 39-year-old master of swing will go up on the famous Honours Board at the home of cricket for the seventh time in his career after compiling figures of 5-62, helping skittle out India with the addition of just 88 runs to its overnight score of 276-3.

”Every time you turn up to this ground, it’s special,” Anderson said. ”To get seven (five-wicket hauls) here is incredible. I do love it here.”

Anderson removed Ajinkya Rahane off his first ball of the day – and England’s seventh – and then Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in successive overs as India’s tail failed to wag.

England’s record wicket-taker now has 626 in a test career that is showing no sign of slowing down. Anderson has 31 five-wicket hauls, too.

And he even took a catch to remove Ravindra Jadeja for 40, off the bowling of Mark Wood, wrapping up a disappointing end to India’s innings that looked in great shape at the end of Day 1.

England’s openers got through an hour before tea, only to lose two batsmen – Dom Sibley (11) and Haseeb Hameed (0) – in the space of two balls by Siraj. It was Hameed’s first test innings in nearly five years and he got a golden duck.

Rory Burns and Root put on 84 for the third wicket but Burns was trapped lbw by Mohammed Shami in the closing stages, leaving Root in the middle with Jonny Bairstow (6) at the close.

”I think we have a lot of hard work to do,” Anderson said. ”India have the edge but I think if we get a couple of big partnerships tomorrow, it gets us right back in the game.”

Midway through his knock, Root climbed into second place in the list of England’s all-time runs scorers in test – above Graham’s Gooch (8,900) – and only behind Alastair Cook.

KL Rahul, India’s overnight century-maker, was out off the second ball of the day, for 129, when he drove a loose shot straight to cover off Ollie Robinson. He added just two runs to his Day 1 score.

The first test at Trent Bridge was drawn.

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