Veteran England National Cricket Team pacer James Anderson has labelled the England Test batting unit as “fearless” and said that the batters have got a lot of confidence.
England will be playing the 5th and last Test match of the series against India, which was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp. The match will be played at the Edgbaston, Birmingham from Friday, July 1.
Recently, the fearless English team registered a dominant 3-0 Test series win over the World Test Champions New Zealand. England won the games by chasing down stiff targets of 277, 299 and 296 in swashbuckling style.
Before the Test series against New Zealand at home, England had won just one out of their 17 Tests. However, things changed quickly for England under their new red-ball leadership duo of captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum and they have gained a lot of momentum.
Never been in a dressing room before when we have chased almost 300 on a pitch that is turning – James Anderson
The veteran England pacer James Anderson, who has picked 651 wickets in 171 Tests, said that before the recently concluded series against New Zealand he had never been in a dressing room, in his 20-year long career, where a team had chased down close to 300 runs target on a difficult batting surface.
“I have never been in a dressing room before when we have chased almost 300 on a pitch that is turning and everyone being so calm, just believing we were going to chase them down,” James Anderson told reporters on Wednesday.
“That for me, after 20 years of playing international cricket, was something I had never seen before…As a bowler, I think it’s horrible! I don’t want to think of someone coming at me like that. But the confidence our batters have got at the moment…they’re just fearless.”
Anderson, who missed the third Test against New Zealand with a sore left ankle, is hopeful of being part of England’s playing XI in the rescheduled Test against India.
“I feel pretty good, fingers crossed I can get back in this week,” said Anderson.
Meanwhile, things are looking great for England and on the other hand, team India are struggling as they have already lost star opener KL Rahul, who has been ruled out of the Test game after suffering an injury.
Also, India captain Rohit Sharma, who was India’s top run-scorer in England last year with 368 runs in four matches, tested positive for Covid-19 and he is doubtful for the rescheduled Test. In his absence, Jasprit Bumrah is expected to lead the side.
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