Ex-England seamer Steven Finn believes that veteran England pacer James Anderson is still a huge asset for England even at this age of his career and he also suggested that his vast experience will be a great help for England in the upcoming Test series against India. However, the first Test between India and England will begin on January 25th in Hyderabad. Visakhapatnam, Rajkot, Ranchi, and Dharamsala are the other venues as well.
“Jimmy is superhuman,” he said while speaking to ESPN Cricinfo. “People have been anticipating he will retire for about seven years now and he keeps surprising people and performing. He didn’t have a fantastic summer last year, but I know from knowing him as a character that he wouldn’t be doing this unless he felt he could make a difference.”
Steven Finn also believes the tourists must hold back their ‘Bazball’ instincts and show limited aggression to beat India in the upcoming Test series as well. He also added that England can take inspiration from how their captain played in the 2012 series in India. Sir Alastair Cook remains the last captain to win a Test series in India as well. In four matches, the swashbuckling opener slammed 562 runs at 80.29 with three centuries, headlined by a best of 190 as well.
“Cook ground them down and then Pietersen came out and played this knock and everyone was like, ‘oh my word, we’re going to win this series’. That was the moment we all realised. I think England can take some of the motivation from the way that affected the way India played and try to take that into this series, but it has to be a measured aggression. If you go 100 percent aggression from the beginning, I think you can become unstuck,” he continued. “But if you’ve given yourself a chance and then assert pressure back on India, that could serve England well,” Steven Finn concluded.