Speaking to BBC Test Match Special after the day's play, Anderson explained how England recovered from the lows of Lord’s. He said, "We had a really low week at Lord's, certainly the last day, but we had a good few days off to let that pass and concentrate on good things we did. We played well for four days there and came here hungry and ready to show fight.”
"We did that with the ball, the whole attack did really well. Then the two guys with the bat showed so much skill and fight. We knew it's an important Test so wanted to start well. Losing the toss and choosing to bat which is always tricky. We weren't sure how the wicket was going to play. I thought we adjusted to conditions really well. We got seam and swing movement, and we asked questions and got our rewards,” Anderson added.
The 39-year-old asserted that despite bowling a lot of overs in the first two Tests, he is still feeling fresh. On Wednesday, Anderson only needed to send down eight overs in which he claimed 3 for 6. Speaking about his bowling effort, the England pacer said, "I still feel fresh. After the first two Tests, bowling a lot of overs, it is nice to have an innings or two to get some rest, especially when the Tests are so close together."
"It doesn’t get much better than that. We’ve talked about trying to bowl as a unit, and we just absolutely nailed it today. Then the way the openers played at the end was outstanding, and exactly what we’ve been asking for. These days don’t come around very often, so you just have to be happy when they do," he further said in praise of the team
England will begin Day 2 of the Headingley Test with a lead of 42 and all 10 wickets in hand.
--By A Cricket Correspondent