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Ashes: Anderson hails England bowling against Australia

Second Ashes Test, Adelaide:
Australia 245 all out v England 1-0 (day one, stumps)

Venue: Adelaide Oval Date: 3-7 December. Play resumes 0000 GMTCoverage: Listen live on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 LW, 5 live sports extra and online; live highlights and day's review on the TMS podcast ; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles and live on Sky Sports 1
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James Anderson insisted every one of England bowlers deserved credit after Australia were dismissed for 245 on day one of the second Ashes Test.

Anderson led the way with 4-51 but each of England's frontline bowlers chipped in after the home side won the toss.

"We bowled fantastically as a group," Anderson told BBC Radio 5 live.

"Me and Stuart Broad started really well. We built on the early run-out throughout the day. I thought we all bowled well."

Having lost the toss in Adelaide, which is traditionally a ground which favours batsmen, Australia might have hoped to score at least 400 to put pressure on England.

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But the hosts got off to a terrible start when Simon Katich was run out in the first over without facing, while captain Ricky Ponting departed next ball for a golden duck, nicking a ball from Anderson to Graeme Swann at second slip.

When Michael Clarke fell for two to leave the score on 2-3, Anderson had taken two wickets in as many overs - in stark contrast to his bowling in Brisbane when he bowled superbly but without luck.

"I'm bowling well and maybe I didn't get what I deserved in Brisbane but that's gone now," added Anderson, who also took the wickets of Shane Watson (51) and Peter Siddle (3).

"I can only concentrate on today and doing my very best."

Australia batting coach Justin Langer described the early loss of wickets as "mind-blowing".

In his daily Ashes round-up on the BBC Sport website, he said: "Simon Katich was run out without facing a ball - it's a cardinal sin to get out in this fashion in a Test match.

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"And then Ricky Ponting fell first ball in his 150th Test match. It was impossible to surmise.

"Leading into the game I would have bet a lot of money on Ricky scoring heavily in this milestone match. His preparation was world class and his hunger apparent by his body language, and yet he was out for a golden duck. Go figure.

"Then it was Michael Clarke's turn to surprise. He had also hit thousands of balls in his preparation and looked primed to have an impact. Two runs later he too was heading back to the pavilion."

Anderson, meanwhile, backed England's batsmen to build on the form that saw them declare on 517-1 in the second innings of the drawn first Test in Brisbane.

"The pitch is a bit slower than we thought it would be," he revealed.

"But we knew it would be a good pitch, there were some nice cover drives and drives down the ground [from Australia's batsmen]."

The day ended with an exchange of words between rival skippers Ponting and Andrew Strauss as England left the field 1-0 at the close of play.

It was unclear what the disagreement was about but it could have been over Australia's belief that England were wasting time.

Australia's Michael Hussey, who top scored with 93, was upbeat about his side's chances of fighting back on day two, saying the pitch would offer encouragement to their seamers.

"It was a pretty good pitch. It played well but there was some variable bounce and some reverse swing which will keep us interested," he said.

"The nerves were jangling when I went in at 3-2 but it was a good partnership I had with Shane Watson.

"It wasn't the ideal start but the mindset was to remain positive and try to wrestle back the initiative."

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