‘India should not complain if there is a bit of grass on the pitch’ – James Anderson

The five-match Test series gets underway tomorrow in Nottingham

James Anderson and Stuart Broad
James Anderson and Stuart Broad ( Image Credit: Twitter)

England’s premier fast bowler James Anderson feels India should not complain if the pitch in Trent Bridge aids the pacers. The five-match Test series between England and India is set to start from August 04. Anderson believed it is completely fine for the teams to have home advantage. India also used this to good effect when they prepared spin-friendly pitches for their home series against England earlier this year. The conditions in England might not favour spin and may be beneficial for pacers, especially the swing bowlers.

 Anderson is known to be a genuine swing bowler and he feels India should not complain if the pitch assists the pacer more. “I don’t think India can have any complaints if we do leave a bit of grass on because of what we came up against on our tour of India last time. India used home advantage to their benefit. A lot of teams around the world do it. If there’s grass left on it, India have got a strong seam attack as well,” Anderson was quoted as saying by TNN.

The swing king was also asked the difference between the current Indian team under Virat Kohli and the one under Sourav Ganguly to which Anderson replied by saying fearlessness is one factor that makes Virat Kohli’s team the best from the country to tour England. 

“I think, with the IPL generation of players, you can definitely see a difference and a more fearless approach, not scared of playing any shot in any format. Rishabh Pant, as an example, reverse-sweeping me in the last tour of India. You would never see Sourav Ganguly do that.”

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