Senior England pacer James Anderson expressed his disappointment over the cancellation of the fifth Test between England and India in Manchester.
The fifth Test, which could have been a series-decider game for both the teams, was called off hours before the toss after the COVID-19 scare disturbed the Indian camp.
England vs India 5th Test called off after a support staff member tested COVID-19 positive
On the eve of the final Tets, India suffered a heavy blow after their second physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar contracted the dreadful COVID-19 virus after which all the players had to go under immediate RT-PCR Tests which turned out negative.
Yet Indian players were sceptical to play the fifth Test in such an environment and hence they collectively wrote a letter to the Indian board to convey their decision.
Eventually, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mutually agreed with their counterpart England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to call off the match, whose future is yet to be decided and so is the fate of the series.
It’s such a shame the summer of international cricket ended this way: James Anderson
Anderson, who picked 15 wickets from the four matches, was one of the pillars for England who stood tall against India’s top-order and hammered against them constantly.
England’s talismanic player took to his official Instagram handle, where he conveyed his support to his home club Lancashire Cricket, the host for the final Test and the fans who could not witness in what could have been a humdinger match.
“It’s such a shame the summer of international cricket ended this way. I’m gutted for everyone at @lancashirecricket, for the fans who paid for tickets/trains/hotels, for both sets of supporters that wanted to see the finish this series deserved,” Anderson wrote in his caption.
“I hope it will be played again at some point and I hope I will get to play another international game at my home ground that I love so much,” he added.
India were leading the five-match Test series 2-1 before the Manchester Test was called off and England were very keen to win the game and share the series.