Four years on from his debut five-wicket haul and entry on the Lord’s Honours Board, James Anderson bowled beautifully to help England dismiss India in 2007 at the Home of Cricket.
England had chosen to bat first in this match and made 298 all out, and Anderson will have been encouraged by some of the movement the Indian seamers managed to extract.
Playing his first home Test in almost three years, Wisden commented that Anderson ‘exploited the conditions exquisitely’, particularly picking out the dismissal of Sourav Ganguly as a special one. His 5 for 42 was at the time his best in Tests and went a long way to securing a more regular place in the side.
India were bowled out for 201 and England’s 282 then set the visitors 380 to win, but they batted out 96 overs, and the whole final day to secure a draw. Anderson claimed two second innings wickets and match figures of 7 for 125.