Anderson expects wounded India to comeback harder
Nottingham: India might have been humiliated in the series opener at Lord`s but England pace spearhead James Anderson expects the wounded visitors to make a strong comeback in the second cricket Test between the two sides, starting Friday at Trent Bridge.
The numero uno Test team in the world, India lost the first Test to England by a whopping 196 runs and Anderson said the home team would like to mantain the pressure on the Indians in the second game of the four-match series.
"When you lose a Test, as a professional there`s a fire inside you. You don`t want that to happen again. I`m sure, India would comeback harder in the next game but we would do everything possible on Friday to be right on the money," said Anderson, whose came up with a five-wicket haul in India`s second innings at Lord`s.
And come Friday, Anderson is again expected to play a key role at Trent Bridge, where he boasts of an awesome record.
"It generally swings here but you get into a game thinking it wouldn`t swing. If it does, it`s a bonus," remarked the lanky right-arm pacer, who has 28 wickets from four Tests at this venue at a staggering average of 15.89, which includes four five-wicket and one 10-wicket hauls.
As a matter of fact, Anderson also has the record of dismissing Sachi Tendulkar six times in Test matches -- a feat no other bowler has managed in the last 22 years.
"I don`t bowl any differently to him (Tendulkar). He is obviously a key wicket for us to get out but here are 10 other batsmen to be dismissed.
"He is a sort of player who wouldn`t be thinking about it when he is batting next," Anderson said.
However, Anderson did not look menacing in India`s first innings at Lord`s before before he returned to his best with the five-wicket haul in the second essay.
"I didn`t bowl well in the first, I bowled wide though the length was good. I knew if I could hold my length and get the line better in the second I could do some damage.”
"I was pleased that I could make the adjustment. It showed that I was in control," he said.
Anderson was pleased with the accuracy and control he has over his bowling and the kind of pressure England bowlers have managed to exert on the Indians from both ends at Lord`s.
"It swung on the first day but in the second we created pressure without the ball doing a great deal. It reminded me of Australia," he said.
"You want to create pressure and stop the batsman from scoring but you can`t do that if the other guy is going for four at the other end. So, you got to work with the bowler at the other end and last two years we have done fantastically well.”
"The good thing with this England line-up is if we need somebody to step up, somebody is doing it. We continue to prepare well, practice well and improve both as an individual and as a team."
The 29-year-old pacer has 226 wickets from 60 Tests, and is presently 10th in the list of all-time top wicket-takers for England.
"My effort over the last few years has been to be aconsistent performer, work well in the nets, in the middle and it has started to pay off. I want to be even better and more consistent," Anderson said.
"As a bowler, you never know when the next injury is going to come. Simon Jones, for instance, was potentially a 300-wicket bowler but his career was shortened by injury.”
"I quite enjoy the responsibility of leading the attack, bowling the first over of the innings. I want to enjoy playing for England and whatever wickets I end up with, I would be delighted."
Anderson, though, was frustrated that a modified Decision Review System (DRS) is being used in the present series.
"I personally think if we have the technology, we should use it. We used it in the past few series and we started to get used to it.”
"It`s frustrating but the pleasing thing is we still managed to go on with the job in hand. We can`t let it affect us," he said.
England, lately, have believed in rotating its` players and despite having a splendid run, Anderson doesn`t mind it happening.
"I don`t think (rotation) matters. We have used 6-7 bowlers in the last couple of years and we have a good unit, strength and depth. Tim Bresnan (in Australia) did a great job when he stepped in," he said.
England are now on the cusp of being the world number one Test team in the world but Anderson doesn`t want to think about it.
"Obviously it`s an overriding goal but presently we have this task of doing well in this Test."