James Anderson recieved the Man-of-the-Match award in the third Test for his match figures of 7 for 77 © Getty Images
James Anderson recieved the Man-of-the-Match award in the third Test for his match figures of 7 for 77 © Getty Images


Aug 5, 2014


England pacer James Anderson is hoping that his side will prove to the critics that they have indeed improved themselves and turned their fortunes around when they resume their contest against India at the fourth Test in Manchester.


The Lancashire seamer will be playing in front of his home crowd as securing the man-of-the-match (MoM) award in the third Test at the Ageas Bowl in which England played out of their skin to achieve a decisive victory against India by a margin of 266 runs to level the series at 1-1.


The English victory was highlighted by strong performances from all the departments. Skipper Alastair Cook scored valuable half-centuries in both the innings, silencing his critics in the process. Ian Bell and Gary Ballance too shone with the bat with impressive centuries, while Anderson and Moeen Ali starred with the ball in the first and second innings respectively.


Anderson justified his MoM award with a decisive five for 53 in the first innings in a spell which saw the ball swing both ways, not letting the Indian batsmen settle anytime throughout their innings. With a match figure of seven for 77, Anderson is a mere 12 scalps away from surpassing Sir Ian Botham‘s record for the highest wicket-tally by an English bowler.


“I think, from my point of view, I felt similar to the team; I was bowling well in patches but not doing it through a consistent period of time. I wasn’t doing it throughout a whole day for example, myself and Stuart Broad [who]was back to somewhere near his best,” Anderson was quoted as saying to ecb.co.uk.


“I think that’s something that we’ve got to try and use now. That is the standard that we’ve set ourselves and that’s what we’ve got to try and keep up for the rest of the summer,” added the Burnley-born pacer.


Anderson stated that his side showed the spark in their emphatic win at the Ageas Bowl, which was missing in their winless streak that stretched for more than a year. “We won sessions here and there and then we’d lose key moments of games and that’s what loses you a Test match. The thing that we did at the Ageas Bowl is we won pretty much every session. We were relentless with bat and ball,” added Anderson.