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Anderson puts England in command

Three-day match, Edgbaston (day two, close):
England 290-8 dec and 185-2 v Warwickshire 102 all out

Date: 1-3 July Coverage: Live scorecard and match report on the BBC Sport website and Live commentary on BBC Radio WM
Match scorecard

James Anderson
Anderson appears to be hitting form at just the right time

James Anderson took a five-wicket haul against Warwickshire at Edgbaston to put England firmly in control of their warm-up match ahead of the Ashes.

The Lancashire seamer claimed 5-34 to dismiss the Bears for 102 and establish a 188-run first-innings lead after the hosts had resumed on 31-1.

England then secured a 373-run advantage by the end of the second day.

But Kevin Pietersen made just six in a total of 185-2, in which Ravi Bopara (88 not out) was impressive.

There were also eye-catching bowling displays from Andrew Flintoff (2-16) and Monty Panesar (3-10) but Anderson, 26, was the star of the show.

He continued his impressive form for England this summer following his nine-wicket haul in the second Test against West Indies at Durham, and afterwards said: "I'm concentrating on my job which is to swing the ball and take early wickets to make as many inroads as possible in their top six or seven."

As the excitement builds ahead of the first Test, he added: "I think we just want to get started really. The hype has been going on for so long now."

We were guessing in the field that he must have been pushing 90mph so it's fantastic to get him back and bowling aggressively

Anderson on Flintoff

County team-mate Flintoff is a re-assuring presence in the side for Anderson.

"If you have someone like Fred in your team it is hard not to give him the ball when you need something to happen. He's stepped up in the past and I've done it in last couple of series and I think it would be nice for Straussy [captain Andrew Strauss] if we are both on top of our games.

"As everybody saw in today's match, he brings something different. We were guessing in the field that he must have been pushing 90mph so it's fantastic to get him back and bowling aggressively."

Anderson began Warwickshire's collapse early in the morning session, making amends for a dropped catch in the gully off Flintoff three overs earlier by tempting Jonathan Trott into edging behind.

His efforts were briefly overshadowed by a hostile six-over spell from Flintoff, who finished with impressive figures of 2-16.

Anderson then took out Tim Ambrose's off-stump and removed 17-year-old Ateeq Javid and Rikki Clarke in a three-over spell to complete his five-wicket haul and confirm his sharpness for the Ashes.


Strauss will have also been delighted by an impressive spell from left-arm spinner Panesar, who entered this practice match with only six first-class wickets this season but out-bowled fellow spinner Graeme Swann.

Panesar claimed 3-10, admittedly against Warwickshire's lower order, but he will make the journey to Cardiff on Monday for the first Test against Australia looking forward to bowling on a surface which is expected to favour spinners.

England's speed in dismissing Warwickshire gave them an opportunity to bat again and, with Alastair Cook earning a rest after scoring a century in the first innings, Bopara opened with Strauss.

The England skipper was dropped at slip on 23 but recovered to score a determined 61 before giving emerging seamer Chris Woakes a smart return catch.

Pietersen had a chance to make amends for his first innings score of one but again failed to make an impression, guiding tall paceman Boyd Rankin to second slip. But Paul Collingwood, who had also struggled in the first innings, fared better on day two with an unbeaten 21.

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