Senior England bowler James Anderson opened up on his team’s intention to seek revenge against Jasprit Bumrah on Day 5 of the Lord’s Test.
Bumrah batted brilliantly against England and added 34 runs to India’s tally while he was involved in an impregnable 89-run stand with Mohammed Shami. On Day 3 India’s lead bowler was involved in a heated argument with Anderson after the latter got furious over the bouncers bowled at him.
England bowlers tried to attack Bumrah and Shami with the short balls but the duo stood firm on the ground and answered Anderson & co’s nasty deliveries in a nonchalant manner.
We got carried away but we were genuinely trying to bowl them out: James Anderson
Anderson admitted that his team’s tactics didn’t work against India’s tailenders and they were trying to take revenge against Bumrah who blocked his balls very cleverly.
“Potentially there was a bit of us wanting revenge on them when Bumrah batted on the last morning and we got carried away but we were genuinely trying to bowl them out. Sometimes you get it wrong as a bowling attack.
“Rooty has taken the brunt of the blame for it, but as a bowling attack, we have to be good enough to take those last few wickets. We got the balance of bouncers and fuller balls wrong,” Anderson wrote in his column for Telegraph.
“I felt every time I bowled at the stumps they blocked it or found a gap to squirt it into to get off strike. When that happens, you go to the short ball. You have catchers out knowing they will take it on. It felt like the best wicket-taking option but it was definitely the period where we lost the game,” he added.
Headingley can be a tricky place to bowl: James Anderson
The fact that none of the Indian players has played at Headingleycricket ground before and in the third Test it will be the first time for the entire Indian team playing on the venue in the third Test.
It will be an advantage for England to come back in the series but Anderson, who has played 164 Tests, is of the opinion that bowling on the Headingley turf will be tricky for the bowlers as the conditions are similar to that of Lord’s.
“Headingley can be a tricky place to bowl. It is similar to Lord’s in some respects because of the pronounced slope. It can be hard to find your rhythm and length. It is about not getting carried away when it is swinging and go searching for fuller length.
“You can get driven because the pitch is usually pretty good. It is about using the conditions to your advantage but not bowling too full,” Anderson mentioned.
The third Test will start on Wednesday with India leading by 1-0 in the five-match series.