Anderson apologies to umpires for Edgbaston petulance

Anderson was warned for running on the pitch by both Joel Wilson and Bruce Oxenford on Thursday and cut a disgruntled figure on both occasions.

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"I had a bad half an hour where I let things get to me, for which I have apologised to both umpires. It was a bit petulant. I was a bit out of order at one point."

James Anderson issued an apology to both umpires after the England seamer's frustration got the better of him as Pakistan took charge of the third Test at Edgbaston on day two.

Anderson was warned for running on the pitch by both Joel Wilson and Bruce Oxenford on Thursday and cut a disgruntled figure on both occasions.

England's leading wicket-taker in Tests revealed he expressed his remorse for his actions and must now wait to discover if he will face punishment from match referee Richie Richardson following a day in which Azhar Ali made 139 as Pakistan closed on 257-3 in reply to 297.

Anderson said: "I had a bad half an hour where I let things get to me, for which I have apologised to both umpires. It was a bit petulant. I was a bit out of order at one point.

"Having seen my reaction on the TV it does not look great when I am pointing at the pitch. I don't think it was what I said to the umpires but the way I behaved. That competitive edge has helped me through my career.

"I know at times I can get close to that line. I try and control it but at the same time I don't want to lose my competitive edge. It is a balancing act."

He added: "I have always had a bit of an issue running on the wicket and I know I am tight. I was not convinced I had done it early on in the day but Bruce had the third umpire in his ear saying I had. It is my job to try and get out of the area."

Azhar, out off the last ball of the day from Chris Woakes, was dropped twice before going on to make his 10th Test century and put on 181 with recalled opener Sami Aslam (82) to put the tourists in command.

Anderson said: "I think we bowled pretty well. A couple of catches went down, which is frustrating. You get days like this in Test cricket. All credit to those two guys at top of the order, and they played pretty well.

"We stuck to our task and created chances. If that catch had stuck off Azhar Ali early on who knows what could have happened? We created chances on a pitch we did not get a huge amount out of and it was nice to get that wicket at the end. It put a smile on a few people’s faces.

"We have a new ball that is only 10 overs old and we have a crucial hour in the morning. If we get wickets we are back in the game."