Anderson - Tail must wag

England seamer hopes to play his part with the bat

Last Updated: 03/02/12 7:12pm

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James Anderson believes he and his fellow England bowlers could have a crucial part to play with the bat after 16 wickets fell on a dramatic first day of the third Test in Dubai.

Anderson claimed three wickets, and new ball partner Stuart Broad took four, as Pakistan were bowled out for 99 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

But with England reduced to 104-6 at the close, to lead by just five runs, Anderson believes the bowlers could come to the rescue before the first innings is over.

Anderson told Sky Sports HD1: "It's very hard for us, they've bowled fantastically well throughout today and throughout the series and have put us under pressure.

"It will be down to the bowlers to score some runs."


Anderson, not out on three with skipper Andrew Strauss unbeaten on 41, added: "We have a lead, a slim one at the moment."

Anderson admitted he had expected both sides to score more runs when he got his first look at the pitch before Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and opted to bat.

"It looked a really good batting pitch when we first came here this morning.

"We were delighted after the start we had. We were just looking to tie things up."

With Broad making the early inroads Anderson felt it was down to him to keep the Pakistan batsmen from scoring at the other end.

Anderson said: "We both bowled nicely and got our rewards for putting the ball in the right area. When Stuart kept picking up wickets there I was trying to bowl dots at the other end."

Two down in the three-match series, England need to avoid defeat in this match or they could lose their number one Test ranking to South Africa.

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