India A v England XI, Mumbai, 3rd day November 1, 2012

Anderson happy with warm-up showing

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James Anderson, the England fast bowler, said the team were pleased with their workout against India A after the three-day match ended in a draw. Following a century by captain Alastair Cook on the second day, Samit Patel went on to match him with an innings of 104 that pressed his Test claims to bat at No. 6, and wicketkeeper Matt Prior added a brisk fifty. Anderson then took the wickets of both India A openers before the teams shook hands.

The only setback suffered by the tourists came via an injury to Steven Finn, who was only able to bowl four overs on the first day before being forced out of the game with a thigh problem. In his absence, Tim Bresnan also pushed his case for a recall with 3 for 59 in India A's first innings, and four wickets in the match, to go with an unbeaten 33 batting at No. 8.

"I think it was pretty good," Anderson said. "It was always going to be tough after the flight and playing so soon after landing in India I think it was going to be difficult for us but I think we got what we needed to get out of the game. The bowlers got a decent bowl under the belt, a few [batsmen] got decent hits out in the middle and that's pretty much all we could expect."

Cook led the way with England's top score, as they amassed 426 in response to India A's 369. "It's to be expected, really, that's the way he is, very determined," Anderson said. "He wants to lead by example and he showed exactly how he wants to do that in this game."

Although India A did not include a frontline spinner in their XI, England still faced a workout against the turning ball, with Yuvraj Singh taking 5 for 94 with his slow left-arm spin- it was the first five-wicket haul of his first-class career. Anderson, however, said the team was not fazed at the success of Yuvraj.

"We got two guys getting hundreds, couple of fifties in there and the lower order chipped in with useful runs as well and I think that's going to be the way we're going to win Test matches out here," Anderson said. "We need guys to score hundreds, we need the lower order to help out with runs - I thought Matt Prior played brilliantly today as well. The spinners are going to get wickets against us, it's a turning pitch out there, day three of a wicket it's going to turn and we are going to lose wickets to spin."

With England set to play Mumbai A in a three-day match starting on Saturday, there are likely to be changes to the side. Nick Compton only lasted three balls in England's only innings and Joe Root could be given a chance at opener, while Stuart Broad is unlikely to be rested for two matches in a row. Finn's injury means England will have to make use of their fast-bowling depth.

"It's not ideal because you want to choose from your strongest squad but injuries happen and we're lucky that we've got a number of bowlers that can come in and do a great job for this team," Anderson said. "Graham Onions I'm sure will get a chance in the next couple of games to show what he can do. It's exciting for those guys, obviously it's unfortunate, we'd like Steven to be fit for selection but injuries do happen."

As for the obligatory response to Kevin Pietersen's return to England action, Anderson was the latest squad member to ring the bell and cry "all's well". "After all the stuff that's gone on, it's all well and good saying 'we're going to draw a line under it' but I think that's actually happened and it seems to be back to normal in the dressing room and on the field," he said.

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  • John on November 2, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Economics Major here class of 1992 Univ of Michigan with a minor in Accounting so here we go again. LMAO @ Jimmy Anderson past his prime. Yeah just turning 30 is past your prime as an International cricketer...but hey whatever makes your case eh? I'm pretty sure I mentioned that 3 tests does not constitute a good enough sample size so I can forgive people from skipping that part. International athletes' prime has always been 28 to 32 whether it's football cricket rugby or whatever sports. Zak is 34 and yes he might be nearing the end but to say Jimmy is past his prime is LAUGHABLE but HEY, don't let facts get in your way right? Stats were brought out to show how ridiculous comments about Jimmy are...he gets smacked around the park outside Eng (LESS THAN 3 RUNS per OVER)...he struggles outside Eng (AVERAGE UNDER 30)...he struggles for wickets (STRIKE RATE OF 50 to 60...NOT 70). He may not be a great bowler but hardly overrated who can only bowl when condition suits.

  • michael on November 2, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    @Maddy20. Not sure what you're talking about? That was a pretty strong line up for a warm up match. Rahane, Raina and Mukund are all on the fringes or have been part of the first XI while Pathan and Yuvraj have played a few tests too. Its certainly the toughest workout this side is going to get before the test series starts. JG2704. I would prefer Root personally, he is a genuine opener which is important. England have tried turning a middle order player into an opener before with Robin Smith or Ramprakash and it didn't work. But we'll see who comes out on top in the warm up. If Compton plays I'm fine with that, he's a solid player.

  • Jay on November 2, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Some really ridiculous comments from both sets of fans. Personally, I think BOTH JA and ZAK are not the best bowlers in world cricket. Yes, they both are good but they are also inconsistent and they lack pace. From the English camp, I rate Finn highly. In the Indian camp, I think it's time ZAK hangs up his boots so that our younger "quicks" can learn the trade. Umesh Yadav may seem reckless but he's a solid guy and I predict a good series for him. We also have some other good bowlers in Indian domestic cricket who can bowl consistently better than ZAK. So you see.. I wouldn't hold a torch to either Jimmy or Zaheer. Both are beyond their prime. Oh and since I am a business grad with an economics major and statistics minor, let me tell some of you guys that THREE games is not an ideal sample size to calculate averages. Please do some research before talking stats.

  • Matthew on November 2, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    @gsingh7 You're stepping into hot water there re Patel. If an englishman said something similar they'd be rightly criticised

  • John on November 2, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    @maddy20 on (November 02 2012, 16:49 PM GMT) On the thread re this game you criticised one of our fans , who made the point that the England A side's bowling wasn't up to much - which he said in an honest remark re not getting too carried away by Patel's innings and not in a digging way at the Indian bowlers - and now you're saying the same thing yourself. So why , when another fan makes an observation do you think it has to be anything but an honest remark?

  • John on November 2, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Loads of respectful comments from the usual. Great

  • John on November 2, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    @Benn Kempster on (November 02 2012, 09:23 AM GMT) Nick was still a walking wicket this season. Just that on average he scored around 90 before the wicket occured

  • John on November 2, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @Benn Kempster on (November 02 2012, 09:23 AM GMT) Nick was still a walking wicket this season. Just that on average he scored around 90 before the wicket occured

  • John on November 2, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    @ Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 02 2012, 10:15 AM GMT) Guess you - like so many others - didn't bother reading other posts re Jimmy's stats or even checking them yourself.?

  • John on November 2, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    @ Min2_cric on (November 02 2012, 09:41 AM GMT) Well done. You must have taken ages to construct such a witty post

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