Experienced England fast-bowler James Anderson envisions the possibility of England opening the bowling with two spinners as they embark on their five-match Test tour of India starting on January 25 in Hyderabad. Anderson, who has played a pivotal role in the team, sees his role extending to mentoring newer players, especially in adapting to the challenges of Indian conditions.
The last time England won a Test series in India was in the 2012/13 season, and in their 2021 visit, they lost the series 3-1. For the upcoming tour, England has a four-member spin-bowling attack, with only Jack Leach having prior Test experience in India. The fast-bowling trio consists of Anderson, Ollie Robinson, and Mark Wood.
Anderson emphasizes the importance of his mentoring role, particularly for bowlers unfamiliar with Indian conditions. With only four seamers in the squad, he anticipates a different bowling role, where the emphasis may shift from quantity to the significance of each over.
Considering the conditions in India, Anderson highlights the potential use of reverse swing and suggests that there might be occasions where England opts to open with two spinners instead of a seamer. He acknowledges the challenge of adapting to different roles in the Indian subcontinent.
Despite his long-time bowling partner Stuart Broad's retirement, Anderson, who has an impressive Test record in India with 39 wickets at an average of 29, remains committed to contributing to the team. He dismisses thoughts of retirement, emphasizing that age is irrelevant as long as he feels capable of making meaningful contributions on the field.
Anderson reflects on the last 5-6 years as the best of his career and expresses confidence in his ability to continue delivering for England. He downplays the significance of age, stressing that cricket is a game of performance and hard work, and he is determined to maintain his standards.
(With Agency Inputs)