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Ashes: England's James Anderson says Australia seized early Oval initiative

Anderson: A tough day

England paceman James Anderson acknowledged that Australia had seized the initiative on the first day of the fifth Test at the Oval despite his own landmark.

The Lancashire fast bowler's two wickets took him to 326 Test scalps - ahead of the watching Bob Willis and behind only Sir Ian Botham on the country's all-time list.

But it was the tourists, thanks to Shane Watson's sparkling 176, who held the upper hand on 307-4 at stumps.

James Anderson gives his support to Lancashire and England team-mate Simon Kerrigan after a difficult first day at the Kia Oval.

Anderson insisted it was not all doom and gloom for the hosts, saying: "We had some good patches of pressure.

"We could have got Watson earlier but for the drop, there were a few lbws which could have gone our way on a different day but we stuck at it as best we could.

"We would have liked another one with the new ball tonight if we're being greedy, but we can come back (on Thursday) with a reasonably new ball and try and make inroads in the morning."


He also offered some support to offered support to debutants Chris Woakes (0-52) and particularly a nervy Simon Kerrigan.

"It was a tough day for us but it was a pretty lifeless pitch to be honest," Anderson added. "It's difficult to say whether (this XI) worked after one day."

The nerves of Kerrigan, 24, were pounced upon by the Australian openers and Watson as he went for 53 runs in eight overs which contained a large number of full tosses and long hops.

Anderson admitted the whole side have a responsibility to support Kerrigan in particular.

"The guys in the dressing room have a job to do tonight. We have to rally round him and keep his spirits high," he said.

"He's had one bad day. He can come back and come back strong, show everyone he can do it.

"Anyone can have an off day, not just a debutant...even if you've played 80 Tests you need people to help pick you up.

"The other 10 players know exactly what he can do, he's a quality bowler and he's been fantastic for Lancashire the last few years."