James Anderson admits to enjoying batting on way to record-breaking 81

Joe Root and James Anderson of England leave the field at stumps on day three of 1st Investec Test match between England and India at Trent Bridge on July 11, 2014
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James Anderson, who made a record-breaking 81 in England's first-innings of the first Test against India, says that he enjoyed his time at the crease.

James Anderson has admitted that his record-breaking stand of 81 on the third day of the first Test against India was "probably the first time" he has enjoyed batting.

The England number 11 shared a Test-record 10th-wicket stand of 198 with Joe Root (154 not out) to help the hosts to a first-innings total of 496 at Trent Bridge.

At the close of play, Anderson told Sky Sports that it was a great experience.

He said: "I had really good fun today. It's probably the first time I've really enjoyed batting. It was a great effort. We just seemed to get on a roll last night, and I think overnight we both just thought that we could actually annoy the Indians today and stay out there a little bit.

"Obviously we didn't think anything like this could happen. We knew we still had a job to do this morning and we stuck at it brilliantly.

"It was good fun being out there. I wouldn't say it was easy but it was such a slow pitch that you knew there was only a few ways you could get out. If you had a good game plan you could stick in there."

England managed to pick up the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara as India closed day three on 167-3.

Englands Moeen Ali celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lankas Kumar Sangakkara for 147 runs with Englands James Anderson during the third day of the first cricket Test match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's cricket ground in London on June 14, 201
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