James Anderson used off-cutters to good effect © Getty Images
James Anderson used off-cutters to good effect © Getty Images

Jul 10, 2014


With every nation building wickets to suit their side, England have provided a pitch more suited to the subcontinent for the opening game. Asked whether this made the English good hosts, James Anderson said, “We are amazing hosts.”

He added that the teams don’t expect seaming conditions, but they did expect a more even battle between bat and ball.

In spite of the unhelpful surface, Anderson said that they would try to stick out and get the remaining six wickets as early as possible. We just have to find a way of taking the wickets. We are looking to keep them under 400.

The dismissals after lunch were results of planning during the break. “All the bowlers came out with their ideas while  Cookie [Alastair Cook] was brilliant with the plans. Stewart decided to go with a 7-2 field while I thought of sending down cutters.

Anderson did not think the bowlers were overworked because of the surface. “We are a bit fitter and stronger than that. We just have to recover as much as we can and come back on Thursday.”

Asked whether the pitch would turn later on, Anderson said that he did not expect it to. “I expect it will stay pretty much the same.”


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