Ashes 2013-14: James Anderson says 'boring' England bowling reaped rewards at the MCG
James Anderson says patient and disciplined bowling was the reason behind his side's resurgence at the MCG.
Last Updated: 27/12/13 11:23am
The tourists reduced Australia to 164-9 in reply to 255 in the fourth Ashes Test, the first time England had got the better of the play since the opening day of the series in Brisbane.
Anderson finished with figures of 3-50 while Stuart Broad also contributed three wickets as the duo, with help from Tim Bresnan, tore through the Australia order.
"We didn't start as well as we wanted to, we thought we had a chance of getting up to 300 with the bat," Anderson told Sky Sports of a day which started with England losing their last four wickets for 25 runs.
"But we knew that it was a hard wicket to score on and if we bowled well we might get some reward, and we did."
He added: "There are no demons as such in the pitch, it's just a pitch that is hard to score on. We just tried to be as boring and patient as possible throughout the whole day.
"Maybe in previous games we've got a little bit excited and carried away and gone away from our plan. That is something that we concentrated on this game."
Anderson has been one of several England players who have been criticised for their performances so far on the tour, the 31-year-old struggling to put the opposition batsmen under any sort of pressure in the first three Tests.
He has endured a relatively barren spell which stretches back to the second Test of the Ashes series in England and has seen him take just 19 wickets in seven matches leading into Melbourne.
But the Lancashire bowler is not able to pin down the reason why his success has dried up over the latter part of the year.
"I don't know really," Anderson said of the reasons behind his bad form.
"I think today is probably the worst I've felt rhythm-wise. I felt pretty good in the games beforehand, I've just not quite got the reward for it.
"I've been working really hard trying to check my seam position and if I'm swinging it enough and making sure everything is in order. I didn't feel great today but I got three wickets."
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