James Anderson, who is the highest Test wicket-taker amongst pacers, opined that every team has the right to make use of the home conditions – the way India did in their series earlier this year, dishing out dustbowls and rank-turners, including when the pink-ball game ended in just two days, he pointed out.
However, the legendary seamer is also aware that the ploy of providing a pace-friendly surface could backfire as the Indian team has a world-class fast bowling unit.
“I am sure they are going to trim some grass out. They are going to roll it as well. I don’t think India can have any complaints if we do leave a bit of grass [on the pitch] because of what we came up against in our tour of India last time. It certainly played into India’s hands. They used the home advantage to their benefit,” James Anderson said in a media interaction.
“A lot of teams around the world do it. A green pitch brings India’s seam attack into the game as well. We want pace and carry on the pitches because we know quite often it is going to swing here, so we want that extra carry,” he added.
Virat Kohli’s wicket is important, Pujara holds the innings together as well – James Anderson
When asked the prized wickets in the Indian line-up, James Anderson, after hailing the opposition’s quality batsmen, marked out skipper Virat Kohli, and number 3 Cheteshwar Pujara.
The Kohli-Anderson battle over the years have swung in favour of both. On the 2014 trip, the pacer was all over the Indian batsman like a rash; however, James Anderson couldn’t dismiss the Indian captain even once in the next three series. This series, which is likely to be the seamer’s last one against India, once again promises exciting battles between the two behemoths.
“India has got a very strong batting lineup. It is very difficult to single players out because they have got quality throughout the squad. We saw that on our recent tour of India.
“(Virat) Kohli is important because he is the captain, and you can see the influence he has on the team. (Cheteshwar) Pujara holds the innings together, so he is an important wicket. I think if you look through the lineup – the guys who miss out also have huge quality – we have got to try and make a plan for everyone,” the 39-year-old stated.