Veteran England speedster James Anderson said that he is looking forward to the upcoming India tour more than before. The experienced new-ball bowler further added that the hosts must be smart with their approach this time as well. However, England will take on India in the test ahead of their five-Test tour of India, beginning on January 25 in Hyderabad whereas their struggle against spin is visible.
And, the veteran said on The Telegraph that England will play with a lot more aggressive approach than earlier and hope to take inspiration from their 3-0 win in Pakistan as well.
He added: “I’m more excited going into this tour than previous tours to India. In the past it has been a real slog and we have tried to grind it out. We will look to play the same way of the last two years but be smart about it. Nobody had us down to win 3-0 in Pakistan and we can take huge confidence from that. Conditions could be similar, not identical, but slow wickets for seamers and we have to be smart. India is a place where conditions will not be in favour of the seamers but I’ve been there before and had success, so I’m just trying to marry all that up and make sure I’m in a really good place.”
James Anderson, along with Joe Root, are the only members from the current team still around when England registered a famous win in India in 2012 as well. The speedster had a great tour, claiming 12 wickets in seven innings at 30.25. While Anderson shared his forgettable performance in the 2023 Ashes series, he remains hopeful about his hard work paying off this time as well.
“I feel the last 5-6 years have been the best of my career. Although the Ashes did not go as well as I wanted it to, there have been many series when I have not bowled well throughout my career and it is just a case of putting in the hard work to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” James Anderson concluded.