~~Target of 280-290 would be relatively safe~~

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:James Anderson, who came back to Test cricket after a gap of 14 months with a bang, taking four for 40 in India's first innings of the final Test here, feels that his team could set a challenging target to the Indians in the fourth innings.

''I think a target for 280-290 will put us in a relatively safe position,'' Anderson said talking to reporters after the day's play here last evening.

England are leading by 152 runs with eight wickets in hand at the close of stumps on day three.

He said the wicket hasn't deteriorated much, but ''we will have to work hard (on Tuesday) to put a difficult target on board.'' Anderson said he was pleased to get back into Test match cricket.

His last match was against South Africa in January, 2005, with figures of two for 152.

Anderson's four wickets included key wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid and that of Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel.

''All four were special in a sense,'' he said. ''But it was nice to get Sachin and Dravid's wicket.'' Anderson not only picked wickets whenever he was brought on to bowl, but was also economical. He conceded just 40 runs off 19.1 overs, barely over two runs an over.

Besides striking major blows, Anderson made a direct hit to remove India's top scorer of the innings Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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