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Video: Anderson discusses historic and controversial day two

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1.03K   //    12 Jul 2013, 11:27 IST

England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson looks back on what turned out to be an historic – and controversial – second day’s play in the first Ashes Test against Australia at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday.

Jimmy Anderson, England fast bowler:
(on Australia number 11 Ashton Agar’s world record innings of 98)
“Yeah, not ideal, obviously he played very well. We didn’t know too much about him, but I thought he played really well, him and (Phil) Hughes dug in brilliantly, played their shots when they could and really put us under pressure.”

(on whether he saw Agar’s innings as a piece of Ashes history as it was unfolding)
“Well, yeah… well, I probably didn’t think that, no (laughter). But yeah, I’m sure it will be looked back on as one, obviously on debut, I thought he played brilliantly obviously in a pressure situation, coped with it really well and really did frustrate us for a while.”

(on the England’s stumping appeal against Agar – when he had scored five – which was turned down, and England’s Jonathan Trott being given out leg before by third umpire Marais Erasmus after on-field umpire Aleem Dar had originally called not out)
“I mean, I only saw the stumping on the replay screen, so it’s difficult to tell from that… Trotty hit his, and was given not out, and whatever happened after that, I’m not quite sure.”
(Q: ‘Are you saying from this that he hit it… is that…?)
“He did hit it, yeah.”
(Q: ‘And there was a replay that should have been there and wasn’t there, maybe the decision should have stayed with the on-field umpire?)
“Maybe, yeah… You’ll have to ask the umpire about that. He (Trott) was given not out on the field and … you know, it is frustrating and it got over-ruled, over-turned, so I’m not sure what went on.”

(on England’s third wicket partnership in their second innings between captain Alastair Cook (37 not out) and Kevin Pietersen (35 not out)
“Well yeah, it was a really tricky period. After losing two early wickets, I thought they showed a lot of class, a lot of determination, to get us through that tricky period and saw us through the night and hopefully they can build on that tomorrow.”

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