England in India 2012-13

We believed we could cause an upset - Anderson

George Dobell

November 29, 2012

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Gautam Gambhir was out off the second ball of the Test, India v England, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 1st day, November 23, 2012
James Anderson rated England's Mumbai win as one of the best he he had been involved in overseas © BCCI
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James Anderson has said a desire to prove their critics wrong was at the heart of England's improved performance in the second Test in Mumbai. Anderson, a member of the team that was beaten by nine wickets at Ahmedabad before winning by 10 wickets in Mumbai, accepted that England had "slipped up" in the first Test but felt that the motivation to "prove a point" had inspired them in the second.

"The confidence was always there," Anderson said. "We just slipped up in the first innings at Ahmedabad, which cost us the game. We performed much better in the second innings there and that gave us more confidence moving forward to Mumbai.

"The fact is we really wanted to prove a point as well. It was quite easy for everyone to say we were going to lose 4-0 after that first Test, but we kept believing that we could actually cause an upset in this series. We needed a couple of guys to stand up, and we had three or four who really stood up and gave a great account of themselves in Mumbai and ended up winning the game for us. Moving on, we definitely feel like we can keep improving. I know a couple of guys made the majority of our runs at Mumbai, so hopefully throughout the series more people can contribute. Maybe the seamers will take a couple more wickets, too."

Anderson rated the Mumbai win as memorable an overseas victory as he had experienced in his time in the team. Not only did it show that England could bounce back from a dispiriting defeat, but it showed they were coming to terms with their issues against with spin bowling and their issues playing in Asian conditions.

"We were written off after the first Test," Anderson said. "You looked on Twitter and everyone was saying 4-0, it's going to be 4-0. We knew it was going to difficult. Then we lost the toss on a pitch that should have suited them down to the ground - and we out-batted them and out-bowled them. I thought it was an incredible effort. It's certainly up there for me as one of the best we've ever had.

"The victory in Adelaide in 2010 was good. But that pitch had a little bit of seam movement in it, which has been our strength over the past few years. We're not supposed to be able to play spin, we're not supposed to be able to play on the subcontinent, and we proved to everyone that we can do it. It feels better than Adelaide. And it even feels better than the Test we won here in 2006. The guys involved - guys like me and Monty Panesar and Kevin Pietersen say it feels better than that. Now we can really use it as a springboard and hopefully push on for the rest of the series."

Anderson also admitted that he had tried to offer some encouragement to his fast-bowling colleague, Stuart Broad. Broad has failed to take a wicket in either of the first two Tests and could well lose his place to Steven Finn for the third Test at Ahmedabad. But, whatever his current form, Anderson remains a believer in Broad's ability.

"It's difficult," Anderson said. "If you're not on top of your game out here, you're going to go for runs and that's what's happened to Broady. But he's a strong character. He's been through this before - we've all been through it - but he's a strong enough character to bounce back.

"We knew it was going to be tough series for seamers. Anything outside off stump is pretty much a free hit for them. But we've got to try to stay positive about it. We know we can still play a part in the series and we've got a job to do, even if it's just holding an end up for a spinner. We've still got a job to do."

England fly to Kolkata on Friday where they will be joined by Ian Bell, who has returned to India after a spell of paternity leave, and James Tredwell, who has joined the squad as cover for the two senior spinners, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann. Stuart Meaker, who has been with the Test squad as cover, will rejoin the England Performance Programme squad after Finn proved his fitness playing for an EPP match.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Shan156 on (December 1, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan, what about Swann, who picked up 8 wickets, then? Or, Compton who, even though he didn't get the big scores, held up one end and ensured England didn't lose a quick wicket at the top. Besides, cricket is a team game and if a player is not contributing with bat or ball, he is motivating the others to do well. A great piece of fielding, a great catch, they all contribute. Anderson got things going for England with the first wicket off the third ball of the match. It is not like India where individual records are celebrated above the team's victories (cue: Tendulkar's '100th international ton' when India lost to Bangladesh).

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 1, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

India problem is lack of bowling options. He is grinding out Ojha. Ashwin started struggling with pressure. Bhajji non existanct. I think rahul sharma is better bowler than bhajji. I need need house cleaning in Bowling department. Ishant sharma , Yadav , Dinda ..all are at best can take 1 or 2 wickets. How india going to win with any of these Ouch it hurts bowlers?. Zaheer khan carried india for few years. Once he is not getting wicket ...bowling really got exposed. Dhoni start wondering how do i gona get next wicket. He ran out of ideas when KP was going guns blazing. That said i am cool with dhoni asking rank turners. Indian curators should shut up and do the work like other countries. Unfortunately indian curators independent. Once indian curator gave green pitch in nagpur completely boosted aussie bowling and negated indian spinners. That was treason. But in India anything can happen. its a confused democracy.

Posted by Hammond on (December 1, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

@Aakash Balani- Actually, the ICC were calling them the best team in the world according to the official rankings. Secondly, hardly anyone beats India at home, such a victory is practically unheard of from England since 1976. Give credit where credit is due mate.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 1, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

@Aakash Balani on (November 30 2012, 12:01 PM GMT), that's a bit of a distortion. Whoever is #1 at the moment, noone is good enough to be as dominant as Australia were in their heyday and even they had trouble beating India in India. If you understand cricket then you know that the conditions in India are about as different to those in England as possible so it's a different game. The fact that England didn't play two spinners in the first Test shows just how unused to the conditions they are. England played two spinners in Mumbai and they took 19 wickets between them. That will just never happen in England, showing just how different conditions are.

Posted by subbass on (December 1, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

England will win the series and within a year be world numero uno again. Hopefully lmao.

Posted by alipk52 on (December 1, 2012, 0:02 GMT)

I'll say one thing, I'm glad my team isn't playing IPL, And i wish they never will..otherwise they'll become a fast track bullies as well just like all Indian batsman excluding Dravid!!!

Posted by Shan156 on (November 30, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

Bell should not be selected. Patel should also go. I would retain Bairstow and give a chance to Root or Morgan. Of course, the coach-captain know what to do but one decision which I am certain they will make is replacing Broad with Finn. Send Broad back to England and let him prepare himself for the NZ tour. That would mean he misses the T20Is and ODIs which is fine. We should always play the best XI regardless of past reputations.

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 30, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

ravikb perhaps if india had given england a pitch and some spinners to bowl at them they may have done a little better in the 1st test. but there was no spirit of cricket on hand.

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 30, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

finn in, play 3 spinners, bell in i suppose. an win a toss for a change

Posted by phoenixsteve on (November 30, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

@Aakash Balani (and others) England weren't calling themselves "number 1 ranked test team" 6 or so months ago! They WERE ranked by the ICC as the number one team.... understand the difference? BTW it looks as though they could soon be back at the top with SA struggling against the Aussies and England looking like they MIGHT pull off a series win in India. We'll see though and I for one think the rankings are pretty meaningless. COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 30, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Sorry jimmy. You did not contribute anything to proove the point. Only KP, cook and monty can do some talking now. Not you Buddy

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 30, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

I want england to win 2 more. That will end dhoni and duncan era. Goodriddens. ENgland showed they have the patience and guile to fight it out. Cook showed the mettle by staying crease. It is tough but you will get rewarded eventually. India's control spinners won't get 20 wickets unless you give them. Belive in yourself and stay and wait for bad balls. Indian bowlers get tired easily if you start hitting them. Dhoni lose confidence in a bowler if he gets hit. DInda is another weak bowler if he gets chance. As long as England do not throw the wicket m england can win in spinning wickets because they have better attacking spinners. India have two ODI type control spinners , they are not good enough. I am 100% sure england can win in calcutta also. Patience and Guiile. Thats all england need.

Posted by maddy20 on (November 30, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Funny that people who played a huge role in the respective wins of their teams so far have remained mostly quiet(Swann, Panesar, Ojha, Pujara) have largely remained quiet and the ones who had little to do with it are the ones who are doing most of the talking(Dhoni, Anderson etc.,). Coincidence? No! They are all in line with the proverb, empty vessels make much noise! Back to the series, Kolkata is a very balanced wicket. If the bowlers are willing to bend their backs then they will be rewarded, pace and spin alike. Should make for an interesting contest. Would love to see Ishant Sharma picked ahead of the perennially non performing Harbhajan Singh. Similarly it willl be interesting to see if England persist with Bairstow instead of Bell, more so given the unfortunate manner of his dismissal.

Posted by deol84 on (November 30, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Drop cris broad get finn in england can do it.good luck to india.

Posted by brusselslion on (November 30, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

@ravikb on November 30 2012, 11:40: Well said, sir. I hope that your predicition comes true. If so, can I suggest that you re-post exactly the same comment to an artiicle concerning the IPL. (I'm assuming that you are Indian. I think that some of your compatriots might need reminding about the negative impact of the IPL).

Posted by jb633 on (November 30, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

We have still got a lot to do. I think the bounce in Mumbai really suited our side but I do not expect Kolkata to have anything like that bounce. In the UAE it was very rarely spin that did us but lack of bounce. Most of the batsmen were out LBW being beaten either under the bat or on the inside edge. Do any Indian fans know what the pitches here will play like?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 30, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Many times in James Anderson's career has he found super-human strength to overcome adversity. Everyone remembers how he turned his career around to being a bowler lethal, through his many variations and mastery of swing, on both flat pitches as well as green tops. What a stark contrast he is to the many one-dimensional bowlers that Australia and India have these days. What a player.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (November 30, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Maybe they might like to continue to prove this point. A win in Kolkata might go some way towards it.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (November 30, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Anderson talks about runs being scored by a couple of batsmen. I would also include Compton as someone who has contributed with both tests and whilst he may not have got big runs, occupying the crease and seeing the off the opening bowlers helps the side. Take a look at the Indian side and only Pujara has scored consistently. If he gets out early the whole side collapses like cards as we saw in the 2 innings in Mumbai. England have 2 bowlers who have bowled well compared to India's Ohja. This is a weak Indian team full of walking wickets and if England are genuinley positive, the series is there for the taking.

Posted by liaqathussain on (November 30, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

well done to england , hopefully they can win 1 more match and end all indian hopes with it,

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

A team that was calling itself The World No.1 is 6 months ago is causing upsets by winning a single test match against a mid-ranked team?

Posted by ravikb on (November 30, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

England care about test cricket and they work hard to win in alien conditions where they did not do well earlier. This time they come well prepared and with India in sort of re-buliding phase, England can and will win the series 2-1 with a draw in Nagpur. Will India then take Test Cricket seriously with a home series loss? I doubt. Current generation players are getting free money via T20 leagues even if they don't play Test Cricket. I'm not sure who wants to work hard for 5 days to get peanuts whereas they earn handsome money by blind slogging for couple of overs. No one seems to be wanting to play for Country these days. Sorry state indeed!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 30, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

The main problem with Eng being carrying deadweights like J Anderson with pretty meek career records and even mediocre in ability- his bowling in the current series is just case in point -bowl avg. nearing 100 when mediocre bowlers like Panesar cause all sorts for India's batsmen and a rich bag of wickets- Just how can he be spearhead of Eng attack is a mystery- At this level you ain't good if you only threaten when the conditions are tailormade with green pitches and cloud cover and the new ball - if not look like a part time military medium bowling for the declaration- Anderson with his slow medium pace is not going to threaten anybody in any case. Steve Finn the best Eng bowler just can't find place in the team -only genuine 'quick' 90 mph bowler Eng has . With no real quality waiting in the wings Eng are in for a long period of struggle and the losses are bound to continue. Eng has virtually no hopes of preventing another5-0 whitewash from Aussies and concede the Ashes ....

Posted by CricShanghai on (November 30, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

England's performance reminded me of Ronan Keating's "Life is a Roller Coaster", the Englishmen have just gotto ride it, time and again! In one test they performed miserably and out-performed India in the next test. The 2nd test finished around 26 Nov. and the English team only leaving for Kolkata on Friday, 30/Nov. I suppose they should have checked in earlier to acclimatize the weather and ground condition with more practices before the Kolkata test. I bet the Indian team have already gotten to Kolkata by now, eventhough it's their home test!

Posted by   on (November 30, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

I think English have a sound chance of doing it,.....best of luck as India needs to lose for them to change....

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 30, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

England have shown that they can play and win in the subcontinent, which I always believed they could, but playing well consistently is another big step. The next two Tests will obviously be a big indicator of whether they're likely to do that and even a couple of hard-fought draws from here would be good enough to feel positive about the series. If India continue to play below their best though, you'd hope that England could come away with at least one more win. He may not be a match-winner in these conditions but we're all hopeful that Finn gets into the team and can have an impact and there are several batsmen that really need to step up and contribute. Cook's not going to score a hundred every time.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (November 30, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

When England lost in the middle east pointless despite some fair performances, they had not prepared as thoroughly as the have done now. That is because they were coming on the back of having beaten India comprehensively at home and in the process, rising to the No 1 position.Complacence. This time with the benefit of that experience and later in Sri Lanka where they managed to even draw the series, they are well prepared,with hours of very scientific practice.Fitness problems have always dogged them but they have a very good bench strength. That apart, in any series, a team requires only one or two champions who will make the difference eventually.This time they have had Cook and of course Pietersen in batsmen and Swann and Panesar in bowling. Finn could be good as well.So I believe this team is capable of retaining the Ashes as well. Flower and Gooch have made such an impact that no praise is too much. Cook is a very good captain as he leads from the front and has a nice temperament.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 29, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

It could be construed as a positive or a negative that England still didn't really get a full team performance in Mumbai. On the positive side, if they get more players to perform then they may do even better. Of course, there's no guarantee that anyone else is going to step and that means that, if Cook, KP and Prior fail to carry the load with the bat, we may be in trouble once again. Obviously India have some talented players who may find some form too, most notably Tendulkar and Kohli.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (November 29, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

Let's hope they do not interfere with the winning team and pick bell, it is no coincidence that the team had a massive win with out his very weak presence, bell has a terrible record against spin, ave 8 in UAE, and has done nothing of any note on this tour, and has not score a ton for Eng for 18 months... Time to move on and keep picking JB

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 29, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

It was great win for england. No doubt about it.

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