James Anderson has been the fulcrum of England’s bowling attack since the last few years. The English bowlers have revolved around the charisma of Anderson, who has been a sensation for England with the red ball. As the test series between Pakistan and England approaches, Anderson feels that he is completely ready to take on the Pakistanis in UAE. Anderson would also want to improve England’s record in UAE, where they lost 3-0 in 2012.
“I am itching to get going again,” said Anderson after England’s practice on Sunday. “It was frustrating to miss the last couple of Tests of the summer but I’ve played a bit for Lancashire which was good and since being out here all of us have acclimatised quite quickly and are raring to go,” Anderson said.
Anderson also spoke about the fact that hot conditions would not allow pacers to bowl extended spells. “When we came out here last time we bowled 4-5 overs maximum (in a spell) which means you have to be on the money from ball one and put a bit for emphasis on you as a bowler – you can’t just ease into a spell. You have to nail it,” said Anderson. “We know we’ll have to bowl very well to do that. It’s an exciting challenge; the conditions, the heat, if we do perform well it will be very satisfying. And it is very important we start well.”
Anderson also added that England considered Pakistan to be a formidable test side. “We know Pakistan will be challenging, the heat will be a tough ask for the bowlers and will make it difficult for us. But we’ve acclimatised well.”We are excited for the challenge and we’ve done all we can to be ready for Tuesday. We are aware of how we performed last time we were here,” said Anderson.
The swing sensation was also quick to add that England has greatly improved since being thrashed by Pakistan in 2012. “We’ve turned things around a little bit, a change in personnel, and as we saw in the Ashes – we lost them in 2013 but then won them back – so it’s all about how you prepare and play in that particular series. What happened in the past doesn’t really matter that much.” “Especially with Pakistan’s record here, it’s going to be a big ask and if we do manage to win it would be right up there with Australia and India,” said Anderson.