India A v England XI, Mumbai, 3rd day

Anderson happy with warm-up showing

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November 1, 2012

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James Anderson keeps his spirits up in the field, India A v England XI, Mumbai, 3rd day, November 1, 2012
James Anderson said England had got what they needed out of their first warm-up match © Getty Images
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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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Posted by Lmaotsetung 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.

Posted by mikey76 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.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster 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.

Posted by yorkshirematt 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

Posted by JG2704 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?

Posted by JG2704 on (November 2, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

Loads of respectful comments from the usual. Great

Posted by JG2704 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

Posted by JG2704 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

Posted by JG2704 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.?

Posted by JG2704 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

Posted by JG2704 on (November 2, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

@ mikey76 on (November 01 2012, 23:14 PM GMT) If Cook wasn't the captain I'd be all for it but re it not testing his captaincy skills too much , I'm not sure how good Mumbai are but if they're not that good then it might have been a good game to experiment a little - even going the 5/1/5 route. If Bell is going to miss the 2nd test anyway , why not give him the 1st test off too? I hope Monty gets a game - if not next game then the final game.

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 2, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

also the england team is very behind india on playing cricket in these pitches with low bounce and rank turners on 4th 5 th day , the most england can do is 2-0 loss

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 2, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

just hoping that if and when india beat england that english fans must accept that both teams are only home winners and not much separates them

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 2, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

to all english folk: even if patel was born on english soil but his parents are indian which make him part indian so to claim he is only english is false, also english team had mix of irish , african and indian components which proves that exclusive english team is not up to standard of other nations

Posted by maddy20 on (November 2, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

@mikey76 " Good effort from the guys against a pretty strong Indian XI" I am laughing my "rear" off here. Barring Yuvraj none of the other players will make the final XI for the first test. You ain't seen nothing yet! @Lmaotsetung "Most people would agree that Jimmy is 10X the bowler he was then". I certainly do, especially after 9 wickets at 40+ a piece(vs SA) in a cricket pitch equivalent of the Savannah Grasslands.

Posted by BHARATLIFE on (November 2, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

@alwaysindia... well he did bowl well against PAK in Dubai, he has devoloped some reverse swing...

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 2, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

I can't understand what flower is referring to "We got what we wanted". The lost 5 wickets to a part time spinner, Nothing else matter!

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 2, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

@Posted by Min2_cric on (November 02 2012, 11:23 AM GMT) Samit patel was born in Leicester, he was born, grew up and leaned his cricket in England. We havea multi-cultural society in England, should we just bar all players who are not 100% English for 10 generations from playing cricket? Even if we do presume that he is 'Indian' i'm still waiting to hear of the players from NZ, Aus, WI, SL, BD, PAK?

Second point - That is a remarkable claim that Ashwin will get 5/20?, I really doubt this will happen. Not even Ajmal got those kind of figures in the UAE.

My point was that your claims are quite frankly obserd.

@ alwaysindia - Why are you talking about ODIs? this is a test series. We all know JA is rubbish at ODIs. And if Zak has played his whole career on flat tracks, shouldn't he be better at bowling on them compared to JA who's used to 'tailor made' pitches.

This series won't be 4-0 to anyone, beacuse there won't be 4 result pitches in the series.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

my dear min2cric,England is a cosmopolitan nation,i don't think they invited patel,panesar,or for that matter even trott to play for them..if anything,it goes into showing if you work hard,England is the place to reap your reward..and seriously,grow up..we don't need to make fun of them to show them we are having a will and ability to win..that will be decided on the field..and honestly,we deserved that 4-0 rout..for not grooming youngsters n preparing for future when we should have..even the bests are mortals..so were dravid n laxman..and so are sachin n zaheer..

Posted by o-bomb on (November 2, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

@alwaysindia - you're just making yourself look foolish now. How is Anderson's ODI record relevant to the forthcoming test series? Yes he's only played 3 tests there (something @lmaotsetung pointed out in his post), but there's no way he'll be averaging 50 in India after this series. Even if he has a bad series this time (and there's no recent evidence to suggest he will) he'd have to take his wickets at around 70 apiece to finish with an average of 50 in India.

Posted by jb633 on (November 2, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

@Min-2-cric- so because Samit Patel is of Indian origin you think what? That because of this he shouldn't be playing in the English test match side? As for the comments about Jimmy come on people both Jimmy and Zak are good bowlers why are we debating this. Both of them can swing the ball and have decent control fact. There is no point in coming out with non sensical comments from both sides like saying Sachin is overrated and Jimmy can't bowl etc etc. Personally I find the trash talking from both sides very tedius and the comments are far reaching. @ Min2-cric, please think before you comment about Samit Patel, if you are going to criticise make sure it is cricket related and not anyhting else.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Gambhir, Sehwag, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rahane/Badrinath, Dhoni, Ashvin, Zaheer, Yadav, Sharma

or

Gambhir, Sehwag, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashvin, Ojha, Zaheer, Yadav, Sharma

Ideally this should be the team depending on the wicket. But, I think there should be a 5th bowler. If your 5 frontline bowlers can't take 20 wickets the additional 6th one is not going to make a huge difference. Sorry, but I don't think Yuvi or Raina should be in the 1st Test.

But if they go in for an extra bat Rahne or Badri should be the automatic choices. If Dhoni's bold enough he should get in Unmukt Chand....you never he might shine & confidence @ this level might propel him to Kohli heights :)

Posted by alwaysindia on (November 2, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

@English fans I was referring to his odi record. and his average is 29 in 3 tests. he hasn't played enough games in india. wait one and a half months and that average will be 50. also never even think of comparing zaheer with him since zaheer has always bowled on flat tracks while "conditional" james Anderson only bowls well on tailor made pitches. in the 1st test against sa when the pitch was 'subcontinental' he surrendered

Posted by Min2_cric on (November 2, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

to selassi...samit patel is of indian origin...for ur second point, yuvraj didn't get 5/20, but ashwin will. thats the difference between these two. And for the last eng will get out for 40 coz ashwin will take 5/20. Also i m not using any math, just some timepass at cricinfo...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

it was a good practice match...both sides had their positives and negatives....i think with yuvraj taking 5 wickets and scoring runs he might have sealed the deal for the no 6 position for INDIA...as far as india is concerned ,they got what they needed out of the match....for england yuvraj getting 5 wickets is concerning since , they will be playing specialist spinner in ashwin and ojha...and england should remember that they only played a depleted side whcih didnt have indian players...so they better be prepared to face the music....

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 2, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

@Posted by alwaysindia on (November 02 2012, 04:16 AM GMT) - I'm afraid you should check your stats my friend. I just did, James Anderson averages 29 in India, better than say.. Zaheer Khan who averages 35!!

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 2, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

@Posted by Min2_cric on (November 02 2012, 09:41 AM GMT)

1 - Where are the Aussies, Sri Lankans, Pakistanis, West Indians, Indians, Kiwis or Bangladeshis in the team? Can you point them out for me please.

2 - Yuvraj and Ashwin are different bowlers, they even bowl with dfferent arms. Also 2 batsmen got 100s and 2 50s, I don't think this is an inibility to 'play Yuvraj. It's not like he got 5/20!

3 - I'm not even sure of what math's you're using here but isn't this the India A team? the second string of India players, there are 8 test capped players in the squad and only 1 player with no international experience. You make it sound like we've nearly lost to the Somerset B team, or actually lost to the Northampton team... oh no that was a certain Indian team 18 months ago!

This will be a good series hopefully, I'm not confident we will win.. but saying that the England team will be bowled out for 40 is a bit over the top I think.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 2, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

Why people are comparing zaheer and anderson?zaheer is a way better bowler than anderson who always bowls in tailor made pitches in england..whereas zaheer always bowls in flat indian pitches...how can you people say anderson is better than zaheer..and in odi's zaheer is miles ahead of anderson..

Posted by Rampant_Aussie on (November 2, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

I agree with Benn Kempster. There is only so much you can decipher from one tour game. Cook and Patel obviously played sensible cricket and got great match practice. Having said that, I believe it would be a mistake for the England selectors to pick Patel. England are picking him for spin. He's just not a test player. England appear to have some ridiculous notion that in order to win in India, you must spin the Indian batsmen out. That is a mistake. For all of India's foibles overseas, Indian batsman know a thing or two about playing spin in their own backyard. An England spinner won't win you Test matches there. You have to do it with pace and bounce. You have to make inroads into the Indian middle order between the 1-25 over period. Borad and Finn are your key bowlers for the tour (forget Anderson: fair-weather bowler). When Australia won in '04, both of the games we won the pace bowlers took 16 of the 20 wickets. If England want to break their drought in India, do it on your terms

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

It is one of those rare times when none of the top 3 spinners in the world are from India. Ashwin and Ojha still have to do a lot to be compared with the likes of Kumble and Harbhajan. Add to that the aging Zahir and his 'pace' partner Dinda/Pathan on a flat track, and you would know why this is India's weakest bowling lineup in ages.

Posted by PanGlupek on (November 2, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

@alwaysindia, No offense intended, but if you criticise others for not checking facts in thier posts, then make sure you check yours before posting: Anderson has a test average of 29 & economy of 2.8 in India - doesn't suggest he's always getting hammered really, does it? His ODI record isn't great there, but he shouldn't even be playing ODI cricket in my opinion: his natural length is better suited to test cricket.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (November 2, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

@my England friend - thank you for helping mr @alwayindia! You see @alwayindia, just because in your opinion Anderson is overrated, that doesn't mean that he is. A point to remember is that Anderson/England did not have good record in Australia either..... up until last year. @alwayindia - have a look at the good research of @Lmaotsetung and work it out for your self then we will talk.

Posted by Min2_cric on (November 2, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

as an indian i would like to comment sumthing on england

1. whoever eng plays with they always have a player in their squad who is of opposing team's country...lol 2.eng cant play yuvraj, obviously they wont play ashwin. 3.eng made 400 agnst ind A which has only player who is going to make it to indian team, so they will make 400/10 = 40 when 10 players will be added to make team india.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

All absolutely hilarious. There's an acclimatisation period prior to the start of the tests. No amount of netting in the UAE will have prepared them for netting (let alone batting) in India. The bowlers have some miles in their legs and the captain had a cracking start for his confidence as did Patel who was the surprise package for me. The next game will be acid test for Root and Compton (whom I branded "The Walking Wicket" whilst at Middlesex) as well as Panesar and Onions. I'd be surprised if England didn;t also call up another addition to the party as cover for Finn; Tremlett's still recovering so who is there..........?

To much flak flying after just ONE GAME.

Posted by o-bomb on (November 2, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

@alwaysindia - Genuinely baffled by you telling people to check their facts when that is exactly what they've alreayd done. Sort yourself out mate.

Posted by pitch_curator on (November 2, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

@Lmaotsetung -- Wait till the series is over. Then we will talk. Keep searching for excuses why England got hammered by then. Anderson !! He got thumped by the bangladeshi tail enders in the last world cup. lol.

Posted by Sarfin on (November 2, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

England surely have a better start than India in their last tour in England... India were all out below 250 in a 'flat' track in the only practice match...

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (November 2, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

BTW, go check Test #1791 i.e 3rd Test of England Tour of India in 2006 @ Mumbai which was Jimmy's debut in India...ENOUGH SAID! Am sure most people would agree that Jimmy is 10x the bowler now than he was 6 years ago.

Posted by maverick77 on (November 2, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

I think fans from both camps should just chill, sit back and relax and wait for the real deal to unfold itself...and then at the end of it, we can bring out the bragging rights and banter....all these analysis, predictions and bickering is a little (if not a lot) premature I am afraid...Let the Games Begin !!!!!!!

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (November 2, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

@alwaysindia - Like I said learn to use statguru before you comment. Some of you like to talk out of thin air. Anderson in India - 3 matches, 29.30 Ave, 2.81 Economy rate, 62.5 SR. Granted 3 matches are hardly a good enough sample size but again hey, don't let facts get in your way. Under 30 average less than 3 runs an over pretty consistent to his overall stat and maybe the strike rate is a tad high but still lower than your boy Zak.

Posted by grizzle on (November 2, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

Good for England. I am happy for Yuvraj and India A as well: their batting has shown some mettle in this Test match. I still expect the Indian team to lose, but on this evidence, maybe their batting will show some spine.

Posted by csr11 on (November 2, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

A decent start to the series from the Indian Perspective - Yuvraj gets some match practice - Looks like he is going to be in the XI, Tiwari comes up as a contender for no.6, and raina looks of the race for the same.. and Mukund made a case, if the selectors have some gumption that is..I would also take Samit's performance as a positive.. if he is going to edge out monty, for his batting, thats a plus for India.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

@Lmaotsetung why are you giving wrong comparisons? Zaheer had an avg. of under 25 for 3 years before this year mostly playing in Asia.Compare Zaheer away average too and in all countries.Jimmy is always poor in SA not Zaheer.He was third best in UAE after Monty and Broad, behind Broad ,Bresnan against India too at home. Zaheer has suffered drop catches ever since last time Aus toured in 2010, Watson dropped on 0 in the first over of the series and the last test when Guptill was dropped. Also check Ind vs Eng head to head, Zaheer wins this easily, man of the series home and away last 2 full series vs Eng LOL.

Posted by Rogerunionjack on (November 2, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

@mikey76 on (November 01 2012, 16:38 PM GMT) Spot on! @Cpt.Meanster on (November 02 2012, 01:41 AM GMT) Didn't you have two young quickies who won you the U-19 World Cup, why aren't they in the reckoning?

Posted by alwaysindia on (November 2, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

@ a vacant slip by the way , the parttimers will be enough for england.

Posted by alwaysindia on (November 2, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

@ A_Vacant_Slip if you guys cant play herath , then how can you even think of playing ashwin. by the way, Anderson has always been hammered in india even by their tailenders . so you check your facts and then comment

Posted by mohammmad_303 on (November 2, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

the english will miss STRAUSS as he had a gud rcrd in india and wuld play for hours against this bowling attack if u get in compton that lack of xperience to play spin and if piterson comes to open there would be unstability in the lower middle orderwith bairstow in its a hard decision for the english rto select the proper team

Posted by freo75 on (November 2, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

Decent start for England - managed to get rid of some rust and take the time to get used to the unpleasant off field conditions!

Would expect for them to step up the intensity in the next game.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 2, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

@NanoTechnology: Well yes, both bowlers are experienced and mature. Sadly, as an Indian supporter, I can't see ZAK become any better. If anything he's drifting away and is likely to retire in the next year. Clearly, he needs to cut off the other 2 formats. T20s, is an high octane format and we need fit and young players to build on its attractiveness. Even test cricket needs fitness, something which ZAK hasn't shown the past 2 years. Which is why I think the Indian bowling will depend so much on the spinners.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (November 2, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

Just to add on more thing...there is this thing called Statguru that you can play around with, maybe some of you need to use it before commenting on this site. Since the WI tour of 2009 which was the beginning of the end for Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison and with Matthew Hoggard already out of the England team here are Jimmy Anderson's stats AWAY from home --- 15 matches, 58 wickets, 29.50 Ave, 2.96 Econ, 59.7 SR

Posted by   on (November 1, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

An attack of Anderson, Onions, Bresnan, Swann and Patel for the tests, why not!

Posted by mikey76 on (November 1, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

JG2704. I don't think Mumbai A is really going to test Cook's captaincy skills too much. It's all about players getting acclimatised and getting some game time. You don't want a guy pulling up injured on the eve of the first test and his replacement having not bowled or batted. Swann and Panesar bowled in tandem most of last winter so we know how they work together. If Patel plays which is looking likely now then Monty will probably be sitting this one out. @alwaysindia. Just a couple of questions. Where in this report did Anderson brag? And have you not followed his career for the last couple of years, he bowled beautifully in Australia and in the UAE last winter, so hardly a man reliant on conditions. He has SRT on toast almost every time they face each other too!

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (November 1, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

Jimmy's record in the last 3 away test series starting with Ashes 2010-11...Ashes 2010-11 - Ave 26.04, Econ 2.93, SR 53.2...UAE 2012 - Ave 27.66, Econ 2.30, SR 71.8...Sri Lanka 2012 - Ave 21.77, Econ 2.68, SR 48.6. That my "wearing blinders, not bothering checking facts" friends are his performances in ALL CONDITIONS! Compare that to your so called attack leader's career record at HOME Zaheer Khan, Ave 35.18 (OUCH!), Econ 3.11, SR 67.7. But hey don't let facts get in the way of your biased comments right? BUt guess what for us England fans, we'll take an attack leader with an average under 28, giving away less than 3 runs an over and taking a wicket every 50 balls in every different conditions imaginable EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK! And I'm not even going to mention the drop catches which seem to follow Jimmy lately.

Posted by NickeyT on (November 1, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

I have a hard time picking the perfect 11 players for Test matches... Even though I know I'm not a qualified person to do so...

Choosing Bairstow for England's ODI & T20 was a funny move, when you look at his stats in these forms of the game. However, he has a good First-Class average (46.51), and his performance against South Africa was really good (when he got 90 something & a fifty in the same match). And, also, he's a very good fielder! Basically, we know these players will play in the Test squad : Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Prior, Swann, Broad, Anderson. Then, I really think Bresnan will keep his place. England need an opener... Trott ? Bell ? Or a new guy ? (Compton). If Bresnan & Compton are in, there is only one more player to be added... Bairstow ? Finn ? Patel ? Morgan ? Onions ? Panesar ? With Patel's performance against India A, he's quite likely to be picked, no ? Even though, I'd love to see Bairstow back in the team...

It's a hard decision... What do you think ?

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (November 1, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

@alwaysindia on (November 01 2012, 16:15 PM GMT) Trolling. Check Anderson record in all part of the world in last 4 year and see if you still think he is overrated. Check your fact and then come here. If I was India I would be worried about playing rookie spin bowler in Test... If India had Ajmal and Rehman I would be worried. But they don't so I'm not...

Posted by NanoTechnology on (November 1, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster, isn't that why most teams haev 4+ bowlers? Jimmy bowled well against Pakistan in the UAE, so I look forward to seeing what he can do in India. Jimmy vs Zaheer will be a good match-up, neither very quick, both with lots of experience, both enjoying improving fortunes after working to mature their bowling. With the condition that Zaheer may be on a downward slope.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 1, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

@mikey76 on (November 01 2012, 16:38 PM GMT) Hear your points and like the idea and I think if Cook was just a player this could happen but as a captain he surely needs to play and get used to the role (in tests) and maybe try out some of his ideas. 3 matches is not a long time anyway.Personally (and maybe a bit of Somerset bias here) I back Compton over Root despite yesterday's score and if they are consistent with their selections they will give him the whole series. I hope they play Monty and Onions and maybe Broad but I'd also like to see Monty and Swann in tandem.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 1, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

@Pras_Punter: I do respect Jimmy Anderson BUT come on. If he did bend it like Becks, then he would be more valuable to the 3 Lions in soccer, who at the moment can't seem to win ANY world events. Seriously, I rate Finn higher than Jimmy *ONLY Swing* Anderson. Come the real series, I would think Jimmy would struggle to bowl out the entire Indian batting line up single handedly, unless he multiplies himself x4.

Posted by phoenixsteve on (November 1, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

A fair showing from England and hopefully we'll get to see some other members of the squad in action soon? This Indian complacency is great for England as India seem to think that spin will win for them and that Tendulkar is still up to it! We'll see....... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by Tlotoxl on (November 1, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Do we really have to have a KP update *EVERY* *SINGLE* *DAY*? until there is some variation from the company line of everything is peachy then it is not news to endlessly repeat that all is well.

Posted by Arrow011 on (November 1, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Spinners & Tendulkar will win the series for India.

Posted by mikey76 on (November 1, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Root and Compton should open in the next match and see who wins the head to head, Cook doesn't need to play. Anderson and Swann can also rest up giving Onions and Panesar a bowl while Broad captains the side. After this game the coach and captain can pretty much play the XI for the first test in the last warm up game. Good effort from the guys against a pretty strong Indian XI. Lets hope they continue in this vain.

Posted by alwaysindia on (November 1, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

so the overrated 'conditional' bowler is bragging again.if i was england i would be worried , if they cant handle part timers, how can they handle regular spinners

Posted by PrasPunter on (November 1, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

Go Jimmy , bend it like Becks and bowl them out !! Good luck Eng , doesn't matter if i am an Aussie follower.

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