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India, after winning the toss, were 259 for four at stumps on the first day of this five-match series, with opener Murali Vijay 122 not out and skipper MS Dhoni 50 not out after winning the toss on a surface that wouldn’t have been out of place back at home. James Anderson, who took two for 70 in 21 overs as he extended his all-time record for most Test wickets at Trent Bridge to 51, admitted it had had been hard pounding.
Anderson said, “It was frustrating really, there’s not a lot we can do about it at this stage, we have to stick at it and winkle out six wickets if we can.” The 31-year-old Lancashire seamer added: “I thought our attitude was fantastic. We could have moaned about the pitch and sulked but I thought all the bowlers stuck at their task brilliantly. As bowlers, we don’t expect seam movement, we expect flat pitches at Test level but we just expect our nicks to carry and a more even contest between bat and ball.”
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