x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

James Anderson: India will have 'fire in their belly'

The England fast bowler expects a backlash from India after they were convincingly beaten in the first Test at Lord's.

James Anderson finished with five for 65 in India's second innings of the first Test at Lord's.
James Anderson finished with five for 65 in India's second innings of the first Test at Lord's.

James Anderson, the England fast bowler, expects a backlash from India after they were convincingly beaten in the first Test at Lord's.

The 28 year old bowled England to a memorable 196-run win on Monday, returning figures of five for 65 and accounting for all three of India's star batsmen in a second innings total of 261 all out.

He anticipates India will come out fighting when the second Test gets under way at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, tomorrow.

"When any team gets beaten they generally come back stronger and have more fire in their belly," he said yesterday.

"All we can do is concentrate on our game, prepare well the next couple of days and concentrate on that first hour on Friday."

Anderson has put his first Test heroics aside and urged England to think only of the second match as they look to move closer to their goal of becoming the world's top ranked Test team.

"It was a great performance, a great team effort. We did really well to get the win. But that's gone now," said the Lancashire seam bowler. "We've got to hit the reset button and focus on Friday now.

"Each game is different. We can't rely on what's gone on in the past. It's a different game completely and we've got to just prepare well the next couple of days and hopefully hit the ground running.

"We've got to try to improve if we can. That's something we've prided ourselves on in the last couple of years - not resting on our laurels but trying to improve and be as good as we possibly can be."

The Lord's triumph put England 1-0 up in a four-match series that will see them leapfrog India as the top side in the world if they win by two matches or more.

On that target, Anderson said: "It's our end goal, but we've got to concentrate on each game and play as well as we can in each game and hope that will be the end product."

Like Anderson, the India opener, Abhinav Mukund, was looking forward to Trent Bridge rather than back at Lord's.

"We're all disappointed, but there's a lot of good things we can take from the previous game," he said.

"It's a four-match series. We'll take the positives and move on to the next game.

"Being the world No 1 team, the India team has conquered a lot of challenges on the way here. We're experienced enough. We've come here to take on this challenge."

This Test series is only the second for Mukund, who is playing in place of the injured Virender Sehwag at the top of the order, and the 21-year-old batsman is relishing being involved.

"To be part of this set-up, anyone who comes in as a new batsman will learn every day. Even in nets, there are so many people you look up to.

"A pat on the back from someone like Sachin [Tendulkar] does anyone's confidence the world of good. I've definitely improved over the last few months and I'm looking forward to keeping improving."

On deputising for the 87-Test veteran Sehwag, he said: "It's big boots to fill but I want to play my own game.

"I don't want to replace Sehwag. I just want to play how I want to play. If it comes off it's going to help the team."