England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Headingley, 2nd day May 20, 2016

'We've hated the place for nine years' - Anderson

James Anderson credited a change of ends for improving his modest record at Headingley. He came into this match averaging 41.36 from seven Tests at the ground. He had never taken more than three wickets in an innings.

But, after a conversation with Stuart Broad, the pair decided to change the ends from which they normally bowl and soon reaped the rewards. With Anderson bowling from the Football Stand End, the pair took 9 for 37 between them as Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 91. Anderson claimed the 19th five-wicket haul of his career and went past Kapil Dev into sixth-place in the all-time leading Test wicket takers.

"We've hated the place for nine years," Anderson said, "so we thought we might as well change ends. We've had very little success here. Our records are pretty poor. Why not give it a go?

"It's taken us nine years to work out that we've been bowling at the wrong ends. That's a bit frustrating, but I'm delighted that we've eventually sorted it out and got some rewards.

"The pitch is very different to a normal Headingley pitch. There's a bit more in it for the bowlers. When it's swinging like that, I find it my ideal conditions. I found it a lot of fun. We had a really good day."

Anderson also admitted that concerns over the weather forecast for the remainder of the game were crucial factor in the decision to follow-on.

"In an ideal world we would have batted again," Anderson said. "But with the weather forecast a bit iffy for the next couple of days, we thought we needed to put them in again. Alastair Cook said he didn't want to be sitting in the dressing room for the next couple of days when we're batting. We all bought into it."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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