Anderson explains how England bounced back from "low week" to dominate day one

England bowler James Anderson has outlined how the side bounced back from a "really low week at Lord's" to dominate day one of the third Test against India at Headingley.

Joe Root's side went 1-0 down in the series at Lord's after bowling poorly on day five and then collapsing with the bat.

However, just nine days later, England put in a near-flawless performance on day one at Headingley, bowling India out for just 78 before Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns shared an unbeaten 120-run partnership.

Speaking to BBC Test Match Special after the day's play, Anderson 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.

"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."

Speaking to reporters, Anderson added: "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."

Craig Overton, who replaced the injured Mark Wood and picked up 3-14, told Sky Sports: "It’s obviously a great day for us, topped off by the boys being none-down overnight and giving us bowlers a bit of rest break overnight.

"There’s obviously still a long way to go – we know they are a good bowling attack and we’ve got to come back tomorrow and do our job with the bat and hopefully bat long and bat them out of the game.

"We felt for a lot of the days at Lord’s we were very good but we obviously got the morning session of day five very wrong.

"We thought if we did the same we’d come out on top and we started off very well with Jimmy taking those three early wickets.

"We stuck at it as a bowling group, trying to keep them dry and getting the rewards from there."

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