England news November 28, 2011

Anderson predicts tough task for England

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James Anderson is expecting a tough challenge for England to remain the No. 1 Test side in the world as they prepare to return to action in January. The team travel to UAE to play Pakistan early next year before a two-Test series against Sri Lanka in March.

It will be the first time England will play a Test match in the Middle East and Anderson believes England will need to adapt quickly to the conditions to be successful with their opponents having an inside track on what to expect.

"Pakistan played Sri Lanka over there recently and played really well and won the series," Anderson told ESPNcricinfo. "They're used to those conditions now but we've never played a Test match over there so it will be a new challenge for us and we'll see how we cope with that.

"We've had challenges before. We went to Australia and won there, so we'll be confident. We'll look to see how we're going to take 20 wickets because that will be difficult and crucial for us; the spinners might play a big part"

Anderson, with fellow England bowlers Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett and Graham Onions, is heading out to South Africa with the England performance squad for a training camp ahead of the Test series as England look to preserve their status as the world's best Test team.

"It's been our goal to become number one in the world and we've got there sooner than we thought we would," he said. "Next year is going to be really tough for us. Getting to No. 1 is one thing but staying there is a completely different task."

Anderson was also the latest player to throw his weight behind the five-day game. "Test cricket, for most players, is the pinnacle. Obviously when you see games going on abroad with crowds not looking that great it does get quite worrying but I'm sure it's something that will be addressed and will work itself out in a few years."

While Graeme Swann recently suggested scrapping ODIs to preserve Test cricket, Anderson believes more five-Test series between the top sides could generate more interest. "When there's a five match series against Australia it's really exciting and goes down to the wire and the best team wins," he said. "The Ashes over the last few years have been really exciting cricket and it's keeping people interested, they still want to come back and see Test cricket."

Anderson also feels that a balance needs to be struck in the preparation of pitches for Test matches. "In the English summer the pitches had a little bit in them for the bowlers but if you bat well enough you can score big runs which we did," he said. "Organisers are going to want five days of cricket for the gate receipts but at the same time people want to see exciting cricket so the pitches need to be result pitches."

England begin a three-Test series against Pakistan in Dubai on January 17 before a two-Test series in Sri Lanka starting on March 26.

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  • gunnerr4life on December 1, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    By looking at the comments , It seems like it's India hosting England in UAE ! For God's sake leave England alone . The 4-0 thrashing was a disgrace , no matter what you say !

  • JG2704 on December 1, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Radhakrishna Rao on (November 30 2011, 06:40 AM GMT) - people were accepting India as number 1 before the Indian series. That is why it meant so much to us to take over the number 1 position and beating the number 1 side to do so. If we had beaten Bangladesh, WI , NZ etc (and I'm not meaning to show disrespect to those nations) then I could accept people querying the opposition , but to beat the number 1 side fair , comprehensively (which is what we needed to do to become number 1) I thought we might have got some credit , but alas no credit whatsoever. If we were by some miracle to beat Pak/SL then I'm sure there will be some factors other than working hard and playing good cricket why we win those matches too.

  • JG2704 on December 1, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    @dicky_boy - So by the same token our best od/t20 batsman Morgan was out of the recent OD series where England were whitewashed so that means that series didn't mean anything either - does that wash? Also you yourself said that ZK single handedly won a test vs SA but he didn't win the series for them did he?

  • dicky_boy on December 1, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Yev ghenny ON GOOD INDIAN BATTING TRACKS YOUR BATSMEN PLAYED50 overs ONCE OR TWICE LOL, WE JUST HAD ONE BAD SERIES BUT YOU CAN'T PLAY EVER IN INDIA LOL

  • dicky_boy on December 1, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Jmchilney well our otherm main bowlers ashish nehra and all retired from tests or were injured THIS COMING FROM U, YOUR COUNTRY MEN WERE GOING ON AND ON ABOUT LOSING EON MORGAN A BATSMAN WHO IS FROM A ANOTHER COUNTRY TO BEGIN WITH LOL LAST MONTH

  • Yevghenny on December 1, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    result oriented? As in, good 4 day test match pitches? I think England would still be batting if there were timeless tests. Did India manage 10 wickets in a match, let alone 20?

  • jmcilhinney on December 1, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    @dicky_boy, maybe that's the problem: India just aren't very good without ZK. A team that relies so heavily on one player just isn't a good team. All teams will sustain injuries at one time or another and if you can't win without a particular player then you really need to look at the rest of the team. England had Tremlett out and lost nothing. They could have had Broad or Anderson out and put Finn in and not lost much if anything too. If India's performance is so dependent on one bowler then they have a good bowler, not a good team.

  • dicky_boy on November 30, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    MR YORKSHIRE PUDDING GO EAT SOME CAKE AND MAKE UP YOUR MIND ,FIRST YOU SAY U NEED TO GO BY THE ICC RANKINGS THEN U AGAIN SAY NO, AND BESIDES AGAINST A WEAKENED AUS SIDE WHAT DID U WIN NOTHING ZILCH, AWAY, WE WON IN WI,NZ,ALMOST BEAT SA IN SA WHILE U LOST TO WI AND ALMOST LOST TO SA , PITCHES IN ENGLAND ARE RESULT ORIENTED WHILE THEY R NOT IN INDIA, SO LEAVE THE NUMBERS

  • dicky_boy on November 30, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    MR JG2704 ALL JOKES ASIDE SERIOUSLY ZAHEER KHAN MAKES A HE'LL OF DIFFERENCE FOR US LAST YEAR IN SA WE LOST FIRST TEST IN BY AN INNINGS AND WHEN ZAHEER CAME BACK HE WAS MONUMENTAL IN INDIA DOMINATING THE NEXT TWO TESTS AND ALMOST BEATING THE SOUTH AFRICANS ,YOU CAN LOOK AT THE STATS

  • JG2704 on November 30, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on(November 29 2011,18:18 PM GMT) -I like the way you say you're not making excuses and then proceed to do just that. Is Zaheer Khan really that great a bowler that he could have turned around those sort of deficits into defeats.Sure he was good on the opening day of the 1st test but was wicketless and went for runs in the warm up game vs Somerset.If you analyse any series you can blame decisions etc.Re injuries I've done all that before.We had injuries ourselves and the thing you have to take into the equation is how bad just about every batsman bar Dravid was.Indian fans were saying (in England) wait til Sehwag comes back-it will be a different story.And what did he contribute when he played?What did H Singh+Gambhir contribute when they played?What did Tendulkar do for the whole series?Finally what's this "kicking a man when he's down"all bout?You constantly gloat + bitch and give zero credit to England and then expect us to feel sorry for you? Absolutely priceless

  • gunnerr4life on December 1, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    By looking at the comments , It seems like it's India hosting England in UAE ! For God's sake leave England alone . The 4-0 thrashing was a disgrace , no matter what you say !

  • JG2704 on December 1, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Radhakrishna Rao on (November 30 2011, 06:40 AM GMT) - people were accepting India as number 1 before the Indian series. That is why it meant so much to us to take over the number 1 position and beating the number 1 side to do so. If we had beaten Bangladesh, WI , NZ etc (and I'm not meaning to show disrespect to those nations) then I could accept people querying the opposition , but to beat the number 1 side fair , comprehensively (which is what we needed to do to become number 1) I thought we might have got some credit , but alas no credit whatsoever. If we were by some miracle to beat Pak/SL then I'm sure there will be some factors other than working hard and playing good cricket why we win those matches too.

  • JG2704 on December 1, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    @dicky_boy - So by the same token our best od/t20 batsman Morgan was out of the recent OD series where England were whitewashed so that means that series didn't mean anything either - does that wash? Also you yourself said that ZK single handedly won a test vs SA but he didn't win the series for them did he?

  • dicky_boy on December 1, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Yev ghenny ON GOOD INDIAN BATTING TRACKS YOUR BATSMEN PLAYED50 overs ONCE OR TWICE LOL, WE JUST HAD ONE BAD SERIES BUT YOU CAN'T PLAY EVER IN INDIA LOL

  • dicky_boy on December 1, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Jmchilney well our otherm main bowlers ashish nehra and all retired from tests or were injured THIS COMING FROM U, YOUR COUNTRY MEN WERE GOING ON AND ON ABOUT LOSING EON MORGAN A BATSMAN WHO IS FROM A ANOTHER COUNTRY TO BEGIN WITH LOL LAST MONTH

  • Yevghenny on December 1, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    result oriented? As in, good 4 day test match pitches? I think England would still be batting if there were timeless tests. Did India manage 10 wickets in a match, let alone 20?

  • jmcilhinney on December 1, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    @dicky_boy, maybe that's the problem: India just aren't very good without ZK. A team that relies so heavily on one player just isn't a good team. All teams will sustain injuries at one time or another and if you can't win without a particular player then you really need to look at the rest of the team. England had Tremlett out and lost nothing. They could have had Broad or Anderson out and put Finn in and not lost much if anything too. If India's performance is so dependent on one bowler then they have a good bowler, not a good team.

  • dicky_boy on November 30, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    MR YORKSHIRE PUDDING GO EAT SOME CAKE AND MAKE UP YOUR MIND ,FIRST YOU SAY U NEED TO GO BY THE ICC RANKINGS THEN U AGAIN SAY NO, AND BESIDES AGAINST A WEAKENED AUS SIDE WHAT DID U WIN NOTHING ZILCH, AWAY, WE WON IN WI,NZ,ALMOST BEAT SA IN SA WHILE U LOST TO WI AND ALMOST LOST TO SA , PITCHES IN ENGLAND ARE RESULT ORIENTED WHILE THEY R NOT IN INDIA, SO LEAVE THE NUMBERS

  • dicky_boy on November 30, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    MR JG2704 ALL JOKES ASIDE SERIOUSLY ZAHEER KHAN MAKES A HE'LL OF DIFFERENCE FOR US LAST YEAR IN SA WE LOST FIRST TEST IN BY AN INNINGS AND WHEN ZAHEER CAME BACK HE WAS MONUMENTAL IN INDIA DOMINATING THE NEXT TWO TESTS AND ALMOST BEATING THE SOUTH AFRICANS ,YOU CAN LOOK AT THE STATS

  • JG2704 on November 30, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on(November 29 2011,18:18 PM GMT) -I like the way you say you're not making excuses and then proceed to do just that. Is Zaheer Khan really that great a bowler that he could have turned around those sort of deficits into defeats.Sure he was good on the opening day of the 1st test but was wicketless and went for runs in the warm up game vs Somerset.If you analyse any series you can blame decisions etc.Re injuries I've done all that before.We had injuries ourselves and the thing you have to take into the equation is how bad just about every batsman bar Dravid was.Indian fans were saying (in England) wait til Sehwag comes back-it will be a different story.And what did he contribute when he played?What did H Singh+Gambhir contribute when they played?What did Tendulkar do for the whole series?Finally what's this "kicking a man when he's down"all bout?You constantly gloat + bitch and give zero credit to England and then expect us to feel sorry for you? Absolutely priceless

  • YorkshirePudding on November 30, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    To those talking about how india maintained number one status, if you look at the records, of the 9 series they played since becoming #1 in tests in 2009 to losing it in 2011 in england, they only had 3 series outside the Sub-continent, against SA, WI and England, the series results were 1-1 against SA, 1-0 (from 3 tests) against a below average WI's team, and a 4-0 drubbing by England, of 6 tours in the Sub-con, 4 were home series against SL, SA, Aus, NZ and a tour to BD and SL. The results were 2-0, 1-1,2-0,1-0 respectively. In total india played 25 tests in 2 years, and W11, L6, D8. This is harldy the record to be proud off except being home country champions, something England appears to be critizised being. England in the same period have P24, W16, L3, D5, this is split 13 Home, 11 Away, in order with results SA(A 1-1), BD(A 2-0), BD(H 2-0), PK(H 3-1), Aus(A 3-1), SL(H 1-0), and Ind(H 4-0).

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    LOLZZZZZZZZZZ..now people are stamping ICC an authority because english is no1 in cricket...12months back everyone were questitioning the same ICC system when india was no 1..my take..now hell with this ranking systems and it is questionable as england is yet to win a test series in india against india..

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    let england tour to subcontinent and play test matches first..one day is different right..though they were really looking like clown and bunch of jokers in one day 5-0..and then ur swanny wants ODIs to be scrapped..LOLZZZZZZZZZ...

  • me54321 on November 30, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Funny reading these comments, but it's pretty clear to anybody with a remotely logical mind that only one side is arguing with reason and fact. While the other side's arguments are full of excuses, outlandish predictions, and wild claims based on what they wish to be true. Hard to understand why there is this difference.

  • on November 30, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    @britain gang: why should i accept england as no.1 when no one was accepting india as no.1 when they were no.1.i would rate west indies team more highly than england..and your mediocre enligh bowler was asking to scrap one day forever..because they cannot win a world cup..then 5-0 trashing on flat tracks..next time they will tour in india, they would get all dustbowls..turn from day one..let us see how ian bell is going to fare on these tracks and how england will manage here..but icannot see england scoring more than 200 in sub continents here during test series

  • dicky_boy on November 30, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    MAXIMUM 6 MATE I AM NOT TRYIMG TO IMPRESS YOU I AM JUST SAYING ICC SHOULD BAN ILLEGAL STEALING OF PLAYERS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES DUE TO LACK OF QUALITY IN IT'S SETUP HAHA EVEN MR WOMBATTS AND jg2704 WILL AGREE TO THIS LOL STEALING MORGAN AND FIELDING A WORLD 11

  • dicky_boy on November 30, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Mr bryson games Sehwag came straight from injury without even a practice game, but with so many injuries we had to select him

  • jmcilhinney on November 30, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    I don't get to see a lot of English domestic cricket (read: any) so I'm not sure exactly how people like Borthwick and Kerrigan have been playing in comparison but, unless there is someone else outstanding, I too would look to play Monty. His fielding may be a bit of a concern but I really don't think that his batting is an issue. In subcontinent conditions, the job of a second spinner must be to take wickets. If we are relying on them for batting in test cricket then the batting lineup needs a hard look. I believe that the England batsmen will be able to at least hold their own, even if they don't excel, but we won't win any matches if we can't take 20 wickets. Samit Patel did creditably in ODIs but he likely won't take too many wickets when the batsmen have time. Whether the second spinner be Panesar, Patel, Borthwick or Kerrigan though, it's nice that they all offer something different to Swann, i.e. leg- or left-arm as opposed to off-spin.

  • on November 30, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    Please stop saying that indians have world class bowlers or batsman. England whitewash India and Indians started to make exuces that their best players are not playing. So Indians called Sehwag which indians think is a world class plpayer and tell me what he did. Got Out for less than 10 runs.

  • on November 30, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    Please stop saying that indians have world class bowlers or batsman. England whitewash India and Indians started to make exuces that their best players are not playing. So Indians called Sehwag which indians think is a world class plpayer and tell me what he did. Got Out for less than 10 runs.

  • on November 30, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    I don't know wht Indians saying that Indians are Number 1 in cricket. Just look at the ranking to get to know. Also Indians bowlers can't bowl againt world class team

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 30, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    @dickyboy-you need much bigger and better letters to really impress the rest of us. Try them in different colours too, like orange white and green.You have to get your message across mate!!!!

  • JG2704 on November 29, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    @Dickyboy - You actually put that England get continually whitewashed - Series after series. I have already posted that not one test series in the previous decade or so has been won by India by way of the whitewash. Of the 3 series which were in India 2 were won by a solitary test and the other was drawn. I've already posted that we are 1 test down vs Sri Lanka over 3 away series and 1 test down vs Pak over 2 series (hardly conclusive that we can't play in the subcontinent) and I'm very confident vs Sri Lanka and quietly confident vs Pak in our next tour. Also corrected you on your insinuation that we play Australia alot more often than we play India etc.

  • JG2704 on November 29, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    @5Wombats/landl47/ YorkshirePudding/ jmcilhinney etc - It's like talking to children isn't it? The only difference with children is that there is always hope they'll get better in time

  • JG2704 on November 29, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    @ landl47 on (November 29 2011, 05:35 AM GMT) I'd still go for Monty despite his limitations with bat and in the field. I'd like to see England be more adventurous with the bowling and pick a wicket taking spinner (even if that's all he can do) as opposed to a batsman who can bowl a bit of spin or a pure containing spinner. What about the Lancs guy - Kerrigan is it?

  • JG2704 on November 29, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    @Posted by Radhakrishna Rao on (November 29 2011, 12:51 PM GMT - So you're saying that a one off win in the WC in a totally different format cancels out the 2 2-0 series wins in Tests vs Bangladesh ? On that basis then Ireland and Bangladesh are better than England at test cricket. Are these people having a competition to see who can write the most ludicrous comments?

  • JG2704 on November 29, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Gerard Pereira on (November 28 2011, 21:54 PM GMT) going back to your comments - You yourself said "But great batsmen flourish in any format, in all conditions" and "You are either great or you are not there is no grey area" and then later on (November 29 2011, 18:18 PM GMT) when giving your excuses (sorry I mean reasons) for India's test failure in England you say "But it must not be forgotten that last summer we had freak weather conditions that helped swing and seam bowling" Now whether or not we agree with your second comment re freak weather conditions (which I suppose means anything India isn't used to)- among other excuses (I mean reasons sorry) the second post contradicts the first. You also say ref to the 4-0 win that it's "History" doesn't count etc and go on to post to 5Wombats about the times in the last 20 years Engl have been whitewashed. At least the Eng/India 4-0 was the most recent/relevant test history. How many more times will you contradict youself?

  • on November 29, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    I love some of these comments. Like "The side is stacked with mediocre cricketers playing with grit and grit can only get you so far". England have 4 batsmen in the top ten and 5 bowlers in the top 13 in world test cricket rankings. That is based on recent performances so it just shows ignorance calling them mediocre players. Maybe they will not stay #1 because the top teams all have a chance to win especially in familiar conditions but England are equal to any test team in the world right now.

  • dicky_boy on November 29, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    MR GERAID PERIERA LEAVE THEY R JEALOUS THAT WE ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS AND THAT BCCI IS THE KING OF CRICKET WORLD AND WE HAVE THE BEST CRICKET LEAGUE , IT'S WEEKLY SALARY EVEN EXCEEDS THE EPL LOL

  • dicky_boy on November 29, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    MR SPENCE 1234 WHATEVER. WE ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS , WAIT MAYBE U DID NOT GET WORLDDDDD CCCHHHHAAAMMPPIIOOONNSS HAHA WE HAVE BEEN TEST NO ONE FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS , WE HAVE WOM IN ENGLAND RECENTLY DID U WIN THE WC , BZZZZZZZ NO WERE U NO ONE FOR TWO YEARS BUZZZZZZZZZZZ NO HAHA SEEE SPENCY

  • on November 29, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    spence1324: Actually they are number two a couple of points behind number one so no slipups or England who could find themselves 2, 3 or even 4 as a coat of varnish seperates the top five teams.lol

  • spence1324 on November 29, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Totally dumbstruck by indian fans comments you would have thought that they were the number 1 side or something.......lol

  • dr.thirsty on November 29, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Here's a fun game. Read what posters say, then work out what is left unsaid. Here are a few examples. They say - Eng beat a weak Oz side. They dont say, So logically, India will witewash an even weaker Oz side by an innings & plenty each time. We lost our best fast bowler in the 1st test vs. England - We lost our only fast bowler in the 1st test vs. England. We had so many injuries - our players are unfit, underprepared, overwieght & lazy. Gambhir & Bhajji would have made a difference - Only we couldn't find where they were hiding. The pitches were doctored - We don't know what a 'result' pitch is, but a fair pitch is where 'something for the bowlers' means they can get a century with the bat and a double with the ball. You must win in India to be No. 1 - But we don't have to win in Oz or SA to be No. 1. We thrashed Eng in the ODI's - which is like telling Germany 'you may have thrashed us in the football world cup, but we thrashed you in the 5-a-sides'.

  • on November 29, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    5wombats: Anybody can post on any forum, nobody is hijacking England conversations, People are just commenting on what Anderson had to say. My first posting did not mention India, you did. I was commenting on the way supposed world beaters like, Bresnan, Swan, Trott, Bell and Cooke performed in India as a precursor to the Pakistan series. England, South Africa and India are three sides that are likely to win at home and lose away when playing the other two. Most people will agree with this assessment. Yet you keep harping on about the 4-0 result in summer, why don't you go on about England's world cup win in 66 while you are at it. I have lost count as to the number of times England have been whitewashed by the West Indies and Australia over the last twenty years, not to mention the brownwash by India in 93.I don't see too many West Indians and Australians going on about it as it gets boring.

  • TaylorSwift on November 29, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    England has performed consistently over the last few years and are a formidable force in Test cricket. They possess a great mix of players and with Strauss at the helm, are excelling as a unit. The current Pakistani outfit is not as talented as the batch that toured England in 2010, but under Misbah's leadership, will prove a worthy opponent. As the series approaches, I look forward to hearing from English fans on these forums. Glancing through some comments from English and Indian fans, here's hoping that Pakistani and English fans will be a little more civilized.

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    JG2704 : Believe me it isn't easy even beating club cricketers and journeymen when the odds are stacked against you. I am not making excuses for what happened last summer and for most part India played poor cricket. But it must not be forgotten that last summer we had freak weather conditions that helped swing and seam bowling. India was not helped when their premier bowler and the world's best exponent of these conditions broke down on the first morning of the first test. Like it or not these are the facts. Add to that the shuffling of the batting order due to injuries some extremely dodgy decisions like the Pietersen reversal at Lords test meant England ended up kicking a man when he was down. But that is in the past India is rebuilding and England are trying to hold on to the number one spot. Can they ? I am betting they cant. The side is stacked with mediocre cricketers playing with grit and grit can only get you so far.

  • 5wombats on November 29, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira - no one takes you seriously; "England as always are legends in their own minds". LOL. You and your friends please stop hijacking England conversations. Why don't you pipe down and go back to an india V West Indies conversation? Why do you care what Pakistan does anyway? Maybe you are a Pakistan fan? You make a fool of yourself and draw attention to india's appalling tour of England in 2011 every time you post.

  • jmcilhinney on November 29, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    @g.narsimha, of course we talk about beating Australia and India; they are the two most recent results. The past decades, regardless of results, mean very little because the current players haven't been playing for decades. Australia were winning for decades but that doesn't make their current crop great. In fact, we are told that England's Ashes win isn't a big deal because Australia were rubbish, so obviously the last couple of decades aren't important, unless it suits your cause. The simple fact is that England are currently a very good team. Undoubtedly not as good as the great WI and Australia teams but they are, overall, as good as anyone at the moment. The upcoming series will be a test but, based on what I've seen, my relatively unbiased opinion is that England have more chance of beating Pakistan and Sri Lanka than India have of beating Australia. I may be proven wrong but then again I may not. Only time, not opinion, will tell.

  • jmcilhinney on November 29, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    @Radhakrishna Rao, since when do you make the rules? Maybe you are not prepared to acknowledge England as the #1 team unless they beat 3 out of 4 subcontinent teams but your opinion is no more important than anyone else's. If England win enough games then they will be rankled #1 by the ICC. I'd give their opinion a little more weight than yours. There really is no team capable of dominating world cricket at the moment so, no matter who is #1, they are pretty much certain to be significantly better performed at home than away. I applaud Australia's performance away in their last two series but the opposition was questionable. Sri Lanka seem to be falling further each series and SA were said to be rusty and their inconsistency supported that. India's performance in Australia will be a good indicator of how meaningful their capitulation in England was.

  • dicky_boy on November 29, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    JG2704 ENGLAND DID NOT WIN IN TWENTY ODD YEARS IN INDIA AND READ THIS LINE PROPERLY PLEASE THE ENGLAND CAPTAIN ALISTAIR COOK SAID THAT A SKILL PROBLEM IS THERE PLAYING SPIN AND HE SHOWED IT TOO LOL THAT'S WHY I SAY ENGLAND CAN'T PLAY IN THE SUBCONTINENT EVEN TROTT STRUGGLED AND BELL

  • dicky_boy on November 29, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    AND SOMEONE SHOULD STOP COUNTRIES LIKE ENGLAND STEALING OTHER COUNTRIES PLAYERS LOL GOD MORGAN PLAYED FOR IRELAND ALREADY AND I GUESS FIVE MORE PLAYERS WE HAVE TO STOP COUNTRIES WITHOUT QUALITY FROM STEALING PLAYERS , CRICINFO PLEASE PUBLISH

  • dicky_boy on November 29, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    MR JG2704 GOOD ATLEAST SOMEONE'S RESPONDING LOL FIRST I AM NOT WRITING AN ENGLISH ESSAY JUST COMMENTING EXCUSE MY SPELLING LOL SORRY MY KEYBOARDS CAPSLOCK STUCK OH SORRY ENGLAND LOST THE BEFORE SERIES 5-0 and then 5-1 haha sorry FIVE ONE IS NOT A WHITEWASH ,CONGRATS TO THE ENGLAND TEAM FOR WINNING A GAMEIN INDIA ,ENGLISH CAN'T PLAY SPIN PERIOD AND DON'T DESERVE NO ONE PERIOD - COOK ,TROTT , BELL WE SAW LAST MONTH WHILE INDIA WON IN ENG IN 2007 and Drew WITH AUS AND SA CRICINFO PLEASE PUBLISH

  • on November 29, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    @Gerard: leave the discussion aside..let england come in sub continent and beat the 3 teams out of 4..i mean, i am including bangaldesh also to beat the english team ..so 4 asian teams against an island nation..they must beat 3 out of 4 teams to be labelled as a no.1 test team

  • JG2704 on November 29, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on (November 28 2011, 21:54 PM GMT) - Journeymen / club cricketers yeah? What does that then say about the India side that toured over here then? Even if they were playing their 2nd or 3rd 11 - they should be able to beat a bunch of journeymen/club players

  • JG2704 on November 29, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on (November 28 2011, 17:55 PM GMT) - If you want to read it as getting excuses out in advance , that's up to you. It's just as well that Indian fans have a good reputation for not making excuses for when their team gets heavily beaten otherwise it looks like you might be contradicting yourself. The way I - and I reckon most level headed people read it - is that Jimmy is being respectful to the opposition , even if he thinks they will steamroller these teams. I don't recall players from either side (England or India) saying they were going to steamroller the other before the test series. Probably a respect thing. Also when they're in the spotlight , they have nowhere to hide if they make unrealised bold statements unlike various postees who can.

  • JG2704 on November 29, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    @Dickyboy - Back with your well researched comments I see. It was obviously unfortunate that India had SO many injuries when touring especially when we see how closely contested. A whitewash is when a team wins every match in a series and in the last 6 series there has only been one whitewash and we know which way that went. Of the other 5 , 3 went to India by solitary tests and 2 were drawn , 3 taking place in India and 2 in England. If you look at the full record in from 2000-09 India would be 3-0 up from 15 tests and that's as good as it's ever been. Add this years series and things change in Englands favour. V SL Eng have played 6 series since 2000 3 away (losing 2 by one test and winning 1 by 1 test) at home winning by 2 tests,1 test and drawing 1. Vs Pakistan 5 series 2 in P 3 in E - In Pakistan won by 1 test then lost by 2 tests and in Eng drew one and won the other 2 3-0 and 3-1. Hardly conclusive that Eng can't play test cricket in subcontinent us it?

  • JG2704 on November 29, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    @Dickyboy ctd - You must be selective in what you read as well as the history you use to define your teams supremacy. 5Wombats always going on about the Ashes - are you sure? Also since 2000 England have played 6 series vs Australia in 01,02/03,05,06/07,09 and 10/11. They have played (believe it or not) the same amount of series vs India and the same amount vs SL and 1 less vs Pak (which will also become 6 after this series). So your insinuation that we play Australia more regularly is at best rubbish.By the way , I'd get someone to look at your keyboard to see if they can free up the CAPSLOCK button. Failing that I'd improve my spelling. PS you could try this link for England's test history so you can at least post accurate facts re England http://stats.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-england-2012/engine/records/team/series_results.html?class=1;id=1;type=team

  • RandyOZ on November 29, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    @landl, Boy, when you're picking an Irishman in your team you know the talent back home is thin!

  • JG2704 on November 29, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    @Kul Raj on (November 28 2011, 17:21 PM GMT)Anderson isnt a bad OD bowler.Like England OD bowlers he is inconsistent.He has been key a key factor both in victory and defeat.What I'll say is that-regardless of what folk think of him as a OD bowler-Jimmy was left out of the Indian tour so had no choice in the matter.Also the fact that he has stated that he's up for OD cricket and that he wanted to play in the IPL contradicts your views on Jimmy not wanting to play in India.Obviously-re Ashes-success does gain interest. This is not just an England thing.You only have to look at the amount of Indians that started commenting when they started winning again compared to the amount who were here towards the end of the England tour.The same with any country in any sport.Also take away the 6-0 drubbing in 06 and the other 3 Ashes series were exciting.Even the last 1 Aus won the 2nd test by an inns and momentum shifted back and forth.The 2005 Ashes series was epic by anyone's standards

  • g.narsimha on November 29, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    For How Long ENG fans harp AHES WIN &INDIA SERIES win their own DEN .Just record my prediction ENG cat not win a against PAK in UAE eITHER they cant beat SL in SL as all seen how they were maimed by sub continant quality spinners for the last 2 dcades forget beating INDIA in INDIA , even after 5-0 drubbing in odis in IND The 5 WOBATTS type fanatics still making tall claims ,come the month of JANUARY your count down begins

  • jmcilhinney on November 29, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    @dariuscorny, you make a fool of yourself. First, you know that test cricket is and always has been of paramount importance to England and that they will never suggest or support scrapping test cricket. Why would you even suggest something that you know to be false? Second, no England player or sane England fan has claimed that the current England team resembles the past great Australia or WI teams. It is people like you who keep making the comparison to say that they are not, but we already know that, so why would you even bring it up? Tell us something we don't know. Third, you say that England are self-proclaimed #1 but you know that they were proclaimed by the ICC, just like India and SA before them. Noone looks dominant at the moment so the #1 spot will be disputed for a while. England have as much claim as anyone. If you're just going to post lies and fantasy then noone will ever take you seriously. England are a good team, whether you like it or not.

  • Yevghenny on November 29, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    4-0 result in a four match series was being kind on India!

  • Wazirabadi on November 29, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    I am anticipating a mouthwatering series between the two sides. This is one of the best English side since the early 70's. Team has charisma, depth, confidence and above all they are enjoying their cricket. They are exciting,and they T20 World Champion. Pakistan on the other hand are on a road to recovery, yes we hit rock bottom not too long ago. After loosing their 3 top players who are currently guest of Her Majesty in England, i believe Pakistan will put up a fight. I saw England bowlers making mince meat of Indians, Sri Lankan & Pakistani in 2010 & 2011. Under English conditions Anderson & Broad are in a different class. I've seen England play twice on the subcontinent in the last 12 months, both time they fail to impress me. MIsaba-Ul-Haq is Pakistani version of the great English captain Mike Brearley. Pakistan will give England run for their money. Most of all i am looking forward to all my favorite English commentators. They bring passion to the game.

  • YorkshirePudding on November 29, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    I see more england bashing, and the same tired excuses in regards to the events of the summer. Everyone knows that the Series against Pakistan is going to be tough, for the first time since 2006 they seem to have a reasonable well balanced side, and a very good bowling unit. Ajmal will be a handful in the UAE and the England batsmen had difficulty playing him in 2010. As for the England bowling attach, it will most likely comprise of Anderson, Broad and Bresnan/Finn. Batting wise I cant see morgan making way for Patel even if he does offer more options in the spin department, though I would expect to see Patel included in the squad as well as Monty or even Scott Borthwick.

  • Meety on November 29, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    @ kitten - England rose to #1 rapidly because they WON test matches, & consequentially test series. India never received much acclaim (outside of India) for a number of reasons, 1) Didn't win many matches, 2. During their time at the top - a lot of their test series were played at home (disproportionate amount), 3. Struggled against lower ranked sides, (against NZ & WIndies are examples). I will never belittle India's success as being based on flat tracks - as has been quite rightly pointed out on numerous occasions, if the pitches were that easy everyone would score heavily, however, I will say that India's performances on bouncier tracks has not been overly impressive. 4. India's success was based heavily on a strong batting line up, rather than any deep bowling strength. India deserved to be #1 but there was a sense that they got there thru consistancy rather than brilliance (a lot like Sth Africa have been). England have been brilliant & hence, shot up the rankings.

  • vsuria on November 29, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    My indian friends, ignore 5wombats. He/she/it is trying to make you angry....LOL...so ignore he/she/it. Back to the topic, I predict 1-1 in the test series....should be good one to watch.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 29, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    ha ha ha no:1 by chance! it is slipping away...English will be the first team to hold that post less than 1 yr!

  • me54321 on November 29, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    As much as all these England haters want England to be rubbish, it doesn't change the fact that our test team is in fact pretty darn good at the moment, and seems to be raising the bar with every challenge. Looking forward to this series, though I don't think it will turn out to be quite as challenging as some are saying. I really don't think the Pakistani batting has improved enough to resist England's bowlers even on the flattest of tracks. @dicky_boy, it's fans like you spouting nonsense that makes me cheer for India's opposing team, even when it's Australia

  • kitten on November 29, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    "Next year is going to be really tough for us. Getting to No. 1 is one thing but staying there is a completely different task." I am glad Anderson has realised that. Every one thought India was a joke being #1 test team, but let us not forget they were #1 for over a year and a half. The world is waiting with bated breath to see whether England can accomplish the same success, after all the hullabaloo in England when India were playing with a very depleted side, and the wickets were tailormade for the English bowlers. Now, if England win with the same degree of success against the Pakistanis, the world will certainly applaud, and if they beat the Sri Lankans with equal aplomb, then they deserve to be on top. I hope to witness an interesting series in the Middle East.

  • anver777 on November 29, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Nice to hear Anderson is back & will spearhead the Eng bowling attack in UAE......... Presently Eng is enjoying a good run in tests & it is very tough to beat them even though the ground support is with Pak in UAE.

  • dariuscorny on November 29, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    graeme swann said scapp odis as they are no 1 test team(for a tiny period).very soon they will hit the bottom point and will cry scrap test cricket.England has always been a mediocre cricket team of both tests and odis.for last couple of years the hv started playing decent test cricket,they hv started thinking that they quite resemble to the Aussie steamrollers of 2000's.they are nowhere near to be a best team.and @wombats u urself are aware of the fact India did fielded its B team.England has the habit of beating b teams and declaring themselves as the best team.they are SELF PROCLAIMED best team.not recognised by all.very soon they will witness the reality

  • veerakannadiga on November 29, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Well said Anderson.You guys had your share of fame as No.1's. Its time to be wake up and get real. Once you are thru playing Pakistan,Srilanka & SA, you will be lucky if you guys are still in the top 5.Amen.

  • smalishah84 on November 29, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Some of the comments here are really funny. Almost youtube levels :p

  • landl47 on November 29, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    This will be a good test for England. Pakistan has been playing pretty well recently and although they haven't beaten any of the top sides they'll fancy their chances on the UAE wickets. England face a bit of a selection dilemma; should they play a second spinner and which of their seamers will be best suited to the conditions? At least the seam bowling issue is a question of choosing between several quality bowlers: Anderson, Broad, Finn, Bresnan, Tremlett, maybe Onions. Swann is an automatic choice as spinner, but Panesar is a liability with the bat and not a great fielder and Patel isn't a top-line spinner, though a handy batsman. Given the conditions, England will likely want to pick Morgan and since the top 5 pick themselves, my guess is they'll go with 3 seamers and Swann and maybe hope that Pietersen can give them some overs of spin. I hope the three pacemen will be Anderson, Broad and Finn; with Prior at #7 the three best seamers should be picked so I think Bresnan misses out.

  • jmcilhinney on November 29, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    @dicky_boy, accepting that you had one bad series due to injury is not accepting anything. India had a bad series. Accepting that is accepting it. Injuries did occur and that made matters more difficult but those players who were healthy, even first choice players, generally did not play well. Other than Dravid, Amit Mishra had about the best innings and he was in as a bowler, which he did poorly. People keep saying that England can't win away, which is why people keep pointing out that they won the Ashes in Aust. @Gerard Pereira, it may be true that you are great or you are not, but it is certainly not true that you are great or journeyman. If England's players were journeymen they wouldn't be on top in the first place. These players haven't been playing for 30 years so results of years past are irrelevant. This England team is good, whether you like it or not. No one has claimed that they are great: not the team nor the fans. They have challenges ahead, but no more than other teams.

  • on November 29, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Will be a tough tour for Pakistan as well. England line-ups is pretty awesome. They difference between the two sides I believe is the batting. Pakistan's batting is still a little shaky, though a lot better then before. England though hold the edge because they have players like KP, Cook and Trott who can score loads of runs if they settle in.

    Bowling wise I believe Pakistan might have a slight edge because they are used to bowling in the UAE conditions.

  • fearless69 on November 29, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Well said dicky_boy.. Thumbs up..

  • on November 29, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    expecting Pakistan to do well, either winning or drawing like against SA. England's bowlers are not exactly potent outside their own conditions, barring a one-off against a struggling Australia, while Pakistani players know how to bat and bowl here. Ajmal, Gul and Junaid ripped through a batting order consisting of Dilshan, Jayawardene and Sanga a few times, they can do the same against England

  • Meety on November 29, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    @Nutcutlet - good summary. Your mob will probably have to tinker with the balance of the side, whilst Panesar & Swann in tandem sounds good, maybe Patel batting @#7 with Prior to #6?? This would mean the pace trio can continue to feed off each other. I do believe that Pakistan are on the rise, it's not so much about who they've beaten, but more about the application from their players that is impressing me. They showed huge reserves of patience to outlast Sri Lanka & their bowlers do enough to extract wickets on good batting pitches against tough batsmen, (although they couldn't get Sanga out). This match may not provide thrills & spills like a Saffa v Oz contest, but it will be under the category of a chess match. @ 5wombats India's "... friends in Pakistan.."???? Don't think so! LOL! @ Yevghenny "Bresnan and Finn got wickets in Bangladesh where others have struggled..." who????? @Gerard Pereira "... Bresnan who looked like Curtly Ambrose in the summer..." the mind boggles!

  • dicky_boy on November 28, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    AND REALLY FUNNY COMMENTS LOL FROM MR WOMBATT BLAMIMG THE BCCI FOR THE TEST CHAMPIONSHIP BEING CANCELLED LOL INSTEAD OF ACCEPTING HIS TEAM JUST CANNOT PLAY IN THE SUBCONTINENT AND WITH A FULL STRENGHT FIT ONDIAN TEAM LOL

  • dicky_boy on November 28, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    AND ONE MORE REQUEST TO MR WOMBATTS TO STICK TO AN ARGUMENT AND MAKE HIS POINT ALWAYS HE MAKES ONE POINT WE WON IN ASJES WE WON IN ASHES LOL AND NEVER SAYS ANYTHING ELSE STOPS COMMENTING ,INSTEAAD OF ACCEPTING HE IS JEALOUS AND ANGRY THAT HIS TEAM IS BEING WHITEWASHED CONTINUOSLY

  • dicky_boy on November 28, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    MR WOMBATTS WE ACCEPT WE HAD ONE BAD SERIES DUE TO INJURIES OK BUT ENGLAND HAD LIKE CONTINOUSLY BEEN WHITEWASHED IN INDIA AND NOW U TELL ME LOSING ONCE DUE TO INJURIES OR LOSING CONTINUOSLY AND COMPLETELY LACKING THE SKILL TO PLAY SPIN AND BEING WHITEWASHED SERIES AFTER SERIES, U ALSO KNOW WHO IS THE LAUGHING STOCK LOL CRIC INFO PLEASE PUBLISH

  • dicky_boy on November 28, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    Oh man every Bri is saying we won in Australia , THAT WAS NOT A CHALLENGE BUT THEY HAVE BEEN PLAYING CONTINOUSLY IN AUSTRALIA FOR TWENTY YEARS AND THE PITCHES ARE VERY SIMILAR , ITS LIKE INDIA SAYING WINNING IN PAKISTAN , SAME PITCHES SUBCONTINENT PROVES ENGLAND R A VERY FAR FROM BEING EVEN CALLED NUMBER 3

  • on November 28, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    @thePakistanian ok 1. Our attack is better than Pakistan's. 2. Our batting line up is better and in top form: Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Prior even Broad. You have to get all 11 players out! (though I may come to eat my words I hope I don't have to) all our batsmen are in purple patches bar Strauss and he isn't really a worry. The pitches will be as flat as anything. trying to extract the english batsmen will be like prizing off limpets. i will be intrigued to see they do against Ajmal, he will be the one to cause real problems. I want to see how hafeez does when he can't swing his arms at wide deliveries. The English attack is a lot more experienced than Sri lanka and hungry for victory. should be a good contest

  • pinhead9810 on November 28, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    Agreed with England giving India a "hiding" but lets be honest, India hardly showed up, except Rahul Dravid. England was absolutely exceptional, especially the bowlers. England have done well at home, now its going to be a challenge for England to play in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan have played very well and will definitely challenge England, unlike some England bowlers, Pakistan bowlers can make something happen on flat pitches. I do hope England prove me wrong, as I am a supporter. One area Pakistan will have to improve is batting.

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 28, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    It's hard to quite know where Pakistan are at, as SL are even weaker and look a side for the taking by anyone. Pakistan were really dismantled in England in 2010,( tho' beside 4-0, their 3-1 looks awesome) and with their two good players behind bars and only Younis back in the batting, their strength not should give too much for concern.(they do not even have Wahab now) The pitches are the main factor and getting those wickets. Batting Prior at six is an option and playing 5 bowlers with Monty in the tail. Alternatively bring in a leggie-Borthwick looks too young and I'd take a punt on Adill tho' he's off the radar. It will be hard work with the ball but batting should a blast. Only Ajmal is really a threat unless they find someone suddenly. I expect england to win 1-0 on the UAE featherbeds.

  • on November 28, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    5wombats Laughing stock they maybe but he who laughs last usually laughs the loudest. Let us just wait and see what happens. One swallow doesn't make a summer. One series victory after thirty years of humiliation at the hands of all comers doesn't count for much either. England as always are legends in their own minds, the ODIs in India showed just what these guys are made off. Bresnan who looked like Curtly Ambrose in the summer looked like a club bowler, Swan your average net bowler, Trott, Cooke, and Bell prodding around like novices. I suppose you are going to tell me that you cannot compare the two forms of the game. But great batsmen flourish in any format, in all conditions, by great batsmen I mean Richards, Lara, Tendulkar, Dravid, Ponting , Hayden, Gilchrist. Great bowlers dominate in all formats Warne, Murli, McGrath, Holding. You are either great or you are not there is no grey area. England's journeymen cricketers can not stay on top for long. Enjoy it while you can.

  • LeftBrain on November 28, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    It will be a tough task for England, for sure. England team is not Australia or WI of their rpime, they are more close to India who became no. 1 due to mathemetical manipulation and playing heavily at home. Anderson and Co are not good enough to be picked in any international elevn even on their prime. And outside of Eng and Aus, they are as potent as Indian attack.

    Today, when Eng is techically no. 1, they does not possess the best bowleror batsmen of their time, In a world eleven of todays players, no one from Eng will be an automatic choice, while Aus and WI players were good enough to populate more then half of any world elevn of their times..... tell you about quality of these home turf tigers.

  • brittop on November 28, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Am expecting a good closely fought series. Reckon England can afford to drop a batsman and have Bresnan & Broad at 7 & 8, since I'd rather have Monty than Samit as a second spinner.

  • on November 28, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    @Gerad Pereira when the ball stops swinging? Did you see him down under then? I'd look at his stats in that series before you make uninformed comments!

  • on November 28, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    at least they guy is admitting that their swing will not come to the UAE with them

  • Yevghenny on November 28, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Bresnan and Finn got wickets in Bangladesh where others have struggled. Both have pace and different styles, they'll definitely have their part to play. Both big parts of the reason England are number 1 right now

  • 5wombats on November 28, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira - after its 4-0 Test whitewash at the hands of England 3 months ago india is the laughing stock of world Test cricket - why should anyone take anything you have to say seriously? It was INDIA who took a hiding in the Summer, and it is INDIA who are running scared - hoping against hope that their friends in Pakistan will beat England and in some way spare indias blushes. That would be impossible; the 4-0 is a matter of historical fact and can never be erased no matter how many excuses are invented and trotted out. Don't make us laugh.....

  • thePakistanian on November 28, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    I don't know why Anderson said "Spinners are Important for England?" Cuz England only has 1 spinner; Swann & Pakistan will atleast play with 3 (Ajmal, Hafeez & Rehman)! &as we saw in PakvSL that Bowlers need to be on top form to get 20 wickets, even against average Batting lineup in UAE conditions! & I can't see Anderson, Broad, Bresnen/Tremlett or Swann toppling THIS Pakistan batting lineup like they did in England in 2010! That was full if inexperienced & out of form batting lineup under a cheating Skipper! Things are quite different now! & 1 thing I will say for sure; the result of this series is in hands of Pakistan! If Ajmal, Gul & Junaid/Cheema are in good touch, Pakistan will win, if not then inform-batsmen like Hafeez, Taufeeq, Azhar Ali, Younis & Misbah are far more capable to draw! It's the formula that Misbah is using since Pak-SA series in late2010; that "if u can't win a test, just make sure others dont"!

    So result will be either DRAW or Pakistan WIN (I think & Hope)!!

  • zico123 on November 28, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    all the best Pakistan, should beat England who should struggle in sub continent

  • Nutcutlet on November 28, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    This test series against a new and upbeat Pakistani outfit is just the sort of examination England requires. The successful Flower formula of six batsmen + Prior at 7 and three quicks (perm any 3 from 6!) + Swann is obviously going to have to change. Room is going to have to be made for a second spinner, presumably Panesaar. I wonder whether a fifth bowler is needed, given likely batsmen-friendly conditions and high temperatures. Should this be the preferred option - and in the interests of balance - Bresnan and Broad have to be picked as bowling all-rounders and therefore go to the head of the bowlers' queue, which leaves room for just one out-and-out specialist seam-bowler. The question then arises, who gets the final berth? Jimmy has worked this one out, I suspect. Given his reliance on swing and nip off the pitch, the UAE doesn't look much like being one of his happy hunting grounds! The resolution of this problem is vital to England's continued success, IMO.

  • SirViv1973 on November 28, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    I think England will certainly stick with 3 seamers for this series, I think Broad and Bresnan will be the 2 key bowlers and there is a chance Anderson may not be a first choice. The big decision for Andy Flower will be how to get a second spinner in to the team. He may be tempted to pick Samit Patel and bat him at 6. Personally I would pick Paneser and play 5 genuine bowlers. with Bresnan, Broad and Swann batting at 7,8,9 it wouldn't weaken the batting to bring back Monty. In all honesty this is still a pretty average Pakistani team particularly in the seam bowling department Ajmal will have to do a lot of damage if Pakistan are to win the series.

  • khurramsch on November 28, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    if pak bowlers stay fit & inform then it will be a good series to watch. & if pak batting cliks ( that is a big IF) then pakistan has a little edge but yes will be a good series. agree with some1 that when pitches are not suporting anderson & others wont be that good. we have seen them in india in odis. & read swanns & now this cant stop to say: Scrap ODis as england not good in odis??????is this the reason only?

  • on November 28, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    I thought that as the number one boys in World cricket all the other teams were going to be rolled over ala the West Indies of the 70s vintage. Is Anderson getting in his excuses in advance? I don't think tailor made pitches are going to be prepared for Anderson and co. And when the ball stops swinging Anderson turns into cannon fodder for good batsmen just as Bresnan did in India. Last I heard the so called number one spinner Swan was calling for the scrapping of ODIs. Now who the hell is going to listen to Swan when the big money is in ODIs. Swan took a hiding in India and is now running scared.

  • Rakim on November 28, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    It'll be a tough series!! Hope for a Pak win tho

  • on November 28, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Anderson said: "The Ashes over the last few years have been really exciting cricket and it's keeping people interested, they still want to come back and see Test cricket."

    So does he mean that Ashes is interesting because England won it. Earlier also it used to be a 5 test series. Just because England won doesn't make it good ... yea .. England were not as pathetic as they used to be in last few years' Ashes. And although I love Test cricket .... that is the form which tests how good a player is ... Anderson is way too bad ODI bowler. That's why he didn't go to India ... he had fears of being carted around the park.

  • SnowSnake on November 28, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Welcome to the field of mathematics. England has to win the series against Pak and SL because these countries are ranked lower. Even a draw is enough to drag England down in points. A loss will be a disaster.

  • on November 28, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Awesome to see how much careful they are about their position and not taking even Pakistan lightly. With already their squads scheduled to go to India to emulate the UAE conditions. Awesome...I really like this team

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  • on November 28, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Awesome to see how much careful they are about their position and not taking even Pakistan lightly. With already their squads scheduled to go to India to emulate the UAE conditions. Awesome...I really like this team

  • SnowSnake on November 28, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Welcome to the field of mathematics. England has to win the series against Pak and SL because these countries are ranked lower. Even a draw is enough to drag England down in points. A loss will be a disaster.

  • on November 28, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Anderson said: "The Ashes over the last few years have been really exciting cricket and it's keeping people interested, they still want to come back and see Test cricket."

    So does he mean that Ashes is interesting because England won it. Earlier also it used to be a 5 test series. Just because England won doesn't make it good ... yea .. England were not as pathetic as they used to be in last few years' Ashes. And although I love Test cricket .... that is the form which tests how good a player is ... Anderson is way too bad ODI bowler. That's why he didn't go to India ... he had fears of being carted around the park.

  • Rakim on November 28, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    It'll be a tough series!! Hope for a Pak win tho

  • on November 28, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    I thought that as the number one boys in World cricket all the other teams were going to be rolled over ala the West Indies of the 70s vintage. Is Anderson getting in his excuses in advance? I don't think tailor made pitches are going to be prepared for Anderson and co. And when the ball stops swinging Anderson turns into cannon fodder for good batsmen just as Bresnan did in India. Last I heard the so called number one spinner Swan was calling for the scrapping of ODIs. Now who the hell is going to listen to Swan when the big money is in ODIs. Swan took a hiding in India and is now running scared.

  • khurramsch on November 28, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    if pak bowlers stay fit & inform then it will be a good series to watch. & if pak batting cliks ( that is a big IF) then pakistan has a little edge but yes will be a good series. agree with some1 that when pitches are not suporting anderson & others wont be that good. we have seen them in india in odis. & read swanns & now this cant stop to say: Scrap ODis as england not good in odis??????is this the reason only?

  • SirViv1973 on November 28, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    I think England will certainly stick with 3 seamers for this series, I think Broad and Bresnan will be the 2 key bowlers and there is a chance Anderson may not be a first choice. The big decision for Andy Flower will be how to get a second spinner in to the team. He may be tempted to pick Samit Patel and bat him at 6. Personally I would pick Paneser and play 5 genuine bowlers. with Bresnan, Broad and Swann batting at 7,8,9 it wouldn't weaken the batting to bring back Monty. In all honesty this is still a pretty average Pakistani team particularly in the seam bowling department Ajmal will have to do a lot of damage if Pakistan are to win the series.

  • Nutcutlet on November 28, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    This test series against a new and upbeat Pakistani outfit is just the sort of examination England requires. The successful Flower formula of six batsmen + Prior at 7 and three quicks (perm any 3 from 6!) + Swann is obviously going to have to change. Room is going to have to be made for a second spinner, presumably Panesaar. I wonder whether a fifth bowler is needed, given likely batsmen-friendly conditions and high temperatures. Should this be the preferred option - and in the interests of balance - Bresnan and Broad have to be picked as bowling all-rounders and therefore go to the head of the bowlers' queue, which leaves room for just one out-and-out specialist seam-bowler. The question then arises, who gets the final berth? Jimmy has worked this one out, I suspect. Given his reliance on swing and nip off the pitch, the UAE doesn't look much like being one of his happy hunting grounds! The resolution of this problem is vital to England's continued success, IMO.

  • zico123 on November 28, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    all the best Pakistan, should beat England who should struggle in sub continent

  • thePakistanian on November 28, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    I don't know why Anderson said "Spinners are Important for England?" Cuz England only has 1 spinner; Swann & Pakistan will atleast play with 3 (Ajmal, Hafeez & Rehman)! &as we saw in PakvSL that Bowlers need to be on top form to get 20 wickets, even against average Batting lineup in UAE conditions! & I can't see Anderson, Broad, Bresnen/Tremlett or Swann toppling THIS Pakistan batting lineup like they did in England in 2010! That was full if inexperienced & out of form batting lineup under a cheating Skipper! Things are quite different now! & 1 thing I will say for sure; the result of this series is in hands of Pakistan! If Ajmal, Gul & Junaid/Cheema are in good touch, Pakistan will win, if not then inform-batsmen like Hafeez, Taufeeq, Azhar Ali, Younis & Misbah are far more capable to draw! It's the formula that Misbah is using since Pak-SA series in late2010; that "if u can't win a test, just make sure others dont"!

    So result will be either DRAW or Pakistan WIN (I think & Hope)!!