James Anderson

James Anderson is the leader of England attack © Getty Images

London: June 22, 2013

The English media has said that it believed that England bowling star James Anderson can step up to the plate and fire his team to victory against India in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday.

Although the Daily Star said that England needed to build on their impressive semi-final display against South Africa if they are to upset the odds against India, it added that the onus lies with the hosts’ bowlers to take a few early wickets in what could prove to be a pivotal opening 15 overs.

However, the report backed Anderson to step up to the plate at 9-4 to take most wickets for Alastair Cook‘s men, given that he got his wicket against South Africa with his fifth ball, adding that he will be ready to scalp Indian batting star Shikhar Dhawan‘s scalp with an early strike, which would give the 11-10 match odds a greater chance of coming in.

However, the report admitted that the tournament favourites India is playing with a real confidence and have been heavily backed since the start of the tournament as they are 8-11 to continue their consistent record on Sunday by winning the seventh and final edition of the competition.