Anderson looks to the positives

05 August 2016 03:31:18 EST

Jimmy Anderson believes taking the wicket of Azhar Ali with the last ball on Thursday could be the turning point in the third Test between England and Pakistan.

Alastair Cook took the catch in the slips off the bowling of Chris Woakes to dismiss Azhar for 139 and leave the tourists on 257-3 in reply to England's first-innings total of 297.

Anderson, who was warned twice about running on the wicket by umpire Bruce Oxenford, said: "It was a great wicket but I thought all five bowlers put in a really good effort. We kept at it, they played well and it's nice to get that breakthrough at the end of the day - there's a few more smiles in the dressing room.

"Obviously, with us not making 300 in the first innings we knew we had to make breakthroughs which we didn't quite do.

"I thought we bowled pretty well, we kept them under three an over for most of the day, a couple of chances went down which is frustrating. You get days like this in Test cricket and all credit to those two guys (Azhar and Sami), they played really well."

After Mohammad Hafeez had been dismissed with the fourth ball of the day for a duck by Anderson, Azhar and Sami Aslam added 181 runs for the second wicket before the latter was run out for 82.

England are 1/999 to win the third Test, while Pakistan can be backed at 1/1 to score more than 437.5 runs in their first innings at Edgbaston.

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