England is wary of Windies threat in Tests, says James Anderson

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Windies vs England 2019: ‘They wants to Beat Us, You Can See it in their Eyes’ – James Anderson 

Windies vs England 2019: ‘They wants to Beat Us, You Can See it in their Eyes’ – James Anderson
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England is in the Caribbean for the three Tests, as many T20Is and five ODIs. Meanwhile, their experienced campaigner, James Anderson says the visiting team is wary of the threat possessed by the hosts. The fast bowler added everytime England travels to face the Windies, there is a feeling that they want to beat them. It is something which is visible in their eyes. Not only this, he mentioned England in the past had suffered heavy defeats; something the Windies would be aware of.

We’ve to be on top to beat them – Anderson

James Anderson said England has to be on the top of their game to ensure they are walking off as victorious. The veteran pacer added the way his team played in Sri Lanka; where they whitewashed the Islanders in Tests, it shows England can adapt to the conditions well. Furthermore, James was of the opinion that if they outplay the Windies in different departments, England can surely attain glory.

Sri Lanka vs England
England had whitewashed Sri Lanka in Tests in Sri Lanka. Image Courtesy: Getty

“Whenever we come here, you get the feeling that West Indies really want to beat England,” Anderson told reporters on Sunday, January 20. “It’s something that’s been ingrained in them, especially in the past when England have suffered heavy defeats.

“You can see it in the players’ eyes when you play against them and that means we’ve got to be on top form to be able to try and challenge them. We showed in Sri Lanka we can adapt to any conditions. Our batters batted better than they did and our spinners out-bowled theirs. We’ve got to do the same again, man for man we’ve got to outplay them. We know we’ve got the talent to do it.”

Vintage Anderson ready to shine

James Anderson has been England’s highest wicket-taker in Tests with 565 scalps to his name. Ahead of the Test series, which begins in Barbados on January 23rd; Anderson bowled in first of the two warm-up matches against Cricket West Indies President XI. The seamer collected figures of 4/12.

However, the use of Duke Ball gave a glimmer of hope to Anderson about coming good in the Tests. He said the ball was moving; the swing was there as well, which is all but encouraging.

“The Dukes ball has been moving around a bit and swung for quite a considerable amount of time throughout the game, so that’s encouragement,” he explained. “At least there’s a glimmer of hope for us seam bowlers. We’re hoping for a little bit – just a little bit – through the air and it keeps you interested for the game.

“It feels like you can make an impact on the game. The minute you come out here and there’s that extra encouragement, it just makes you excited to bowl and look forward to playing, so hopefully, that’s going to stay with us for the rest of the trip.”

James Anderson, Windies vs England 2019
Anderson bagged the figures of 4/12 in the warm-up game against West Indies Cricket President XI. Image Courtesy: Getty

Windies-England ready to face-off

The hosts, Windies are coming off of a horrific away Test series against Bangladesh, getting whitewashed (0-2). Meanwhile, England had achieved a brilliant feat; clean-sweeping an Asian team (Sri Lanka) on away Tests.

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