England will wait for James Anderson's (centre) on Friday    Getty Images
England will wait for James Anderson’s (centre) on Friday Getty Images

Aug 1, 2014

Geoffrey Boycott has urged England to build on their performance at Southampton and take it into the next two Tests to clinch this series. Boycott believes England should try to keep the same level of performance even if they do not have James Anderson for the next two Tests. England beat India at Southampton with Anderson being the man of the match, but the fast-bowler faces a hearing on Friday for his alleged role in the pushgate incident with Ravindra Jadeja.

In his column for Telegraph, Boycott wrote, Now we want England to prove this was not a flashy one off. We want this kind of performance for the next two Test matches and win the series with or without Anderson. I know he is a huge part of our bowling, and if he is suspended it will be hard, but if England keep improving on this level of performance then they can win without him.

Boycott expressed concerns over the form of Sam Robson. He (Robson) keeps getting out the same way: playing at balls outside off stump in the corridor and nicking catches to the cordon behind the wicket. The selectors will be taking note that there are better bowlers to come than this Indian line-up, said Boycott.

England and India now move to Manchester to play the fourth Test. The series is squared 1-1 and one can say that the pressure would be on the tourists.

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