The cricketing world is abuzz with excitement as England gear up for a challenging tour of India. As the team prepares to face the unique conditions of the subcontinent, veteran fast bowler James Anderson shed light on the responsibility he bears in guiding his less-experienced teammates. With a duty to pass on invaluable information and mentorship, Anderson is committed to ensuring that England’s bowlers are well-prepared for the diverse challenges that await them.
Embarking on a significant cricketing journey, England are set to engage in a 5-match Test series against India, commencing on January 25 in Hyderabad. The team is determined to break a longstanding drought, having sought victory in a Test series for more than a decade (2012-13).
James Anderson discusses the challenge of bowling in India
Anderson recognizes the unfamiliarity that some of the bowlers will face in India. The subcontinent pitches pose a different set of challenges compared to the seamer-friendly tracks in England. As a seasoned campaigner, Anderson acknowledged the need to share insights and strategies with his fellow bowlers who have not previously experienced the conditions in India.
“I have a duty to pass on information to people. We have bowlers who have not bowled in India before, so it will be a different challenge for them. We have to help where we can,” said Anderson while speaking to The Telegraph.
Understanding the role shift
One of the notable points made by Anderson is the acknowledgment of a role shift for the seamers in India. With only four seamers in the squad, the workload is expected to be different from what they are accustomed to in England.
Anderson reassured that even though they might not bowl the same number of overs, their role remains crucial. Adapting to the conditions, focusing on line and length, and seizing the opportunities when presented will be paramount for success in India.
“There are only four seamers going so we will not be expecting to bowl a huge amount of seam. It is just a slightly different role. You might not bowl the overs you do in England but they are still important,” Anderson added.