The long wait is over for James Anderson

It's taken four Ashes tours, 15 Tests and 30 innings but James Anderson finally has a Test "five-fer" in Australia.

Anderson's career-best figures on these shores have filled one of the rare blanks in his glittering CV. After tearing his trousers in a desperate lunge for the milestone, Anderson finally brought up his fifth wicket when he had Mitchell Starc caught attempting a slog, finishing with 5-43.

It may not have been the agenda-setting performance Joe Root would have been hoping for on the first day but for Anderson, who averages 35 in Australia, it is a timely confidence boost, particularly after his fiery words last week.

"It's very pleasing considering the state of the game. When the team needed it it's always nice to get wickets to get us back in the game," Anderson said.

"I've been here a few times and not got a five-for, it's nice to get that. I've got the pink ball and the floodlights to thanks as well."

It's hard to believe that a player who has played such a big role in recent Ashes history has taken this long to achieve the milestone.

But it explains how much more difficult Anderson, the only English bowler with more than 500 wickets, has found the flat decks in Australia than the seam-friendly pitches he is familiar with at home.

"It's not one of his favourite places to come," Australia's bowling coach David Saker, who held the same role with England from 2010-15, said.

Anderson's record in Australia has mirrored that of his team. As a youngster in 2006-07, he claimed five wickets at 82.6 as Andrew Flintoff's side was hammered 5-0, while he was also ineffective with 14 at 44 in the whitewash of four years ago.

In between was his best effort in 2010-11 when he claimed 24 victims at 26 as part of a dominant England attack, which destroyed Australia.

After rocking Australia's top order under lights on Monday, Anderson proved he could also be as dangerous with the pink ball during the day.

While the wickets of Nathan Lyon and Starc were gifts, he used his trademark skill and nous to remove Peter Handscomb.

Beaten outside off stump, Handscomb adopted a different stance with his head well inside the line only to then chase a wide ball that he could not keep down.

Anderson showed the way for a revitalised English attack that skittled Australia for a paltry 138, the home side's lowest total in Adelaide since 1955.

Chris Woakes, another seamer who has underperformed this tour, snared 4-36 but was denied his maiden Ashes bag of five when Craig Overton claimed the final wicket of the innings.

At worst, England's bowlers can head to Perth knowing they can trouble Australia's batsmen though they will not have the luxury of the pink ball out west.

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