James Anderson: 'England bowlers deserve credit'

James Anderson believes England deserve credit for their display on a "frustrating" day in the first Test against India.

James Anderson has claimed that England deserve credit for how they performed on a "frustrating" opening day in the first Test against India at Trent Bridge.

A flat pitch made it difficult for the hosts to put sustained pressure on India's batsmen, with Murali Vijay scoring an unbeaten century as the tourists reached 259-4, but Anderson was impressed with the work of his fellow bowlers.

"I think you have to give credit to the bowlers on a day like today," the seamer told Sky Sports News. "We've stuck at our jobs brilliantly. Someone like 'Puds' (Liam Plunkett), his job is to bang the pitch and to bang a pitch like that is a thankless task at times. He stuck at it brilliantly.

"It was a frustrating day. We had a couple of nicks that bounced just short.

"There was a full-blooded drive from [Ajinkya] Rahane off Stuart [Broad] that didn't carry to second slip. When that happens it's very frustrating. You don't mind a pitch being flat but you want the nicks to carry."

England are looking for their first Test victory since beating Australia in Durham last August.

ndia's Murali Vijay celebrates after reaching his century as England bowler James Anderson (R) looks on during play on day 1 of the first cricket Test match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England, on July 9, 2014
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