James Anderson bags four wickets after rookie opener Josh Philippe puts England under unexpected pressure

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James Anderson bags four wickets after rookie opener Josh Philippe puts England under unexpected pressure

The Telegraph

Persistent James Anderson was rewarded with four reassuring wickets after rookie opener Josh Philippe helped to put England under unexpected pressure at the WACA.

Philippe (88) climbed into a succession of impressive drives, and even briefly threatened a century before lunch as Anderson (four for 27) and Stuart Broad failed to find much movement with the new ball on the second and final day of this tour-opening fixture against a Western Australia XI.

Twenty-year-old Philippe and Clint Hinchliffe, 21, are both still awaiting first-class debuts but each passed 50, the former signalling his significant potential with 16 fours from 92 balls.

Mason Crane had Philippe stumped charging his fourth delivery after lunch, though, and Anderson produced second and third spells of 5-2-9-2 and 3-3-0-2 – including two wickets in three balls, then two in four – as the second-string hosts reached 338 all out in reply to 349 for six declared.

Joe Root ran through seven bowling options – including a fruitless three-over spell of his own – and all appeared in need of the acclimatisation, none more so than Broad who finished with figures of one for 64 in 13 overs on a typically true surface.

Philippe, who made two appearances for Durham 2nd XI last summer, dominated an opening stand of 80 alongside Jake Carder, and completed his 45-ball half-century with successive boundaries off Craig Overton.

Chris Woakes had Carder dropped high to his left by Jonny Bairstow, but it was not a costly mistake because the left-hander mis-hooked to fine-leg at the other end to give Overton his first England wicket.It…Read More

Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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