Stokes keen to emulate Anderson

Hampshire Chronicle: James Anderson, right, took four wickets on Thursday James Anderson, right, took four wickets on Thursday

James Anderson's seam and swing expertise sets the example to follow for his England team-mates, and young all-rounder Ben Stokes is among his biggest admirers.

Anderson set aside any concerns about the impending International Cricket Council disciplinary procedure over his fracas with India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja - a hearing is inked in for next Tuesday - to take four for 55 on day one of the second Investec Test.

It was nonetheless still perhaps marginally India's day, thanks to Ajinkya Rahane's 103, as the tourists recovered from 145 for seven to close on 290 for nine after being put in on the greenest of Lord's pitches.

Anderson took his habitual share of the plaudits even so, on a day when he chalked up another batch of career milestones - including surpassing the great Fred Trueman as the man with the most Test wickets in England.

Anderson will be 32 at the end of this month - and Stokes, almost nine years his junior, has learned so much initially watching him from afar and more recently at close quarters.

"Watching him bowl, you just feel like he's either going to 'nick someone off' or, next best, (they'll) play and miss," he said.

"He swings the ball both ways. He's a very skilful bowler."

Stokes, who took just one wicket, finds Anderson's mere presence in the attack an inspiration.

"When you've got him opening ends up all the time, it's good to come on and bowl without too much pressure on you - and it's brilliant watching him bowl," he said.

"I thought today all four (of his) wickets were brilliant.

"It's his consistency. He knows his game inside out.

"The way he sets players up with the swing he has, that's something I try to do myself - and I hope to be at his level one day."

India may have a challenging total on the board, given the lavish movement available on this particular pitch at HQ - and Stokes does not believe batting on it is about to become significantly easier any time soon.

"I don't think it's changed that much," he said.

"Towards the end, it got a little bit up and down - some flying through, some keeping low."

Rahane is in agreement.

The number five felt indebted to the hard work of India's top order above him, and said: "It was challenging, a completely different wicket (to Trent Bridge). We did well.

"Until the end, the ball was doing something. It was good to get this hundred on this pitch.

"It will suit our bowlers as well ... it is going to be difficult for the England batsmen."

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