England v India: Hosts keen to give 'better showing' of themselves, says James Anderson

Last update on. From the section Cricket James Anderson is England’s most successful Test wicket-taker England v India, the first LV= Insurance Test Date: 4-8 Aug Time: 11:00 BST. Coverage: Highlights, Test Match Special Commentary and Text coverage on BBC Sport's website and app. Today at the Test at 19.00 BST on BBC Two James Anderson says England want to show a "better performance" when they face India in five Tests on Wednesday. England beat India 4-1 in India on their own soil in 2018. However, they were beaten by India earlier in the year. In June, they also suffered their first defeat in a home series since 2014. They were defeated by New Zealand. Anderson, pace bowler, said that India is a formidable team and that five matches in six weeks would be a great achievement. "We are keen to improve on that New Zealand series earlier this summer. "I don’t think we did a good job of showing ourselves. We could do better than that." The Trent Bridge will host the first test at 11:00 BST. Anderson, 39, was the England's top Test wicket-taker, but he only took three wickets in two Tests against New Zealand. He admitted that his preparation was not ideal, having been able only to bowl 22 overs for Lancashire at the County Championship. He said, "With lots more cricket going on, that's all white-ball stuff whether that's county Cricket or The Hundred," "We've had a few days where the intensity has just gotten a little higher. "It seems like everyone is excited and hungry to face the challenge of Test cricket returning" "I don't care if Kohli is out, as long as somebody does," James Anderson (right), has been able to dismiss Virat Kohli five more times in Test cricket Anderson was often involved in a fight with Virat Kohli (India captain), who averaged 13.4 during his first tour to England in 2014. Kohli was however able to score 593 runs when he returned to India as the captain three years back and Anderson did not dismiss him in any of five Tests. Along with opener Rohit Sharma, Kohli and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pan, Kohli is among three Indian batters in the top 10 of the world rankings. Anderson stated, "We know how important a player he's to them both as a batsman as well as as captain." He has a tremendous influence on their team. To be completely honest, I don’t care if he gets out. As long as someone gets him out. Anderson stated that he doesn't see Australia's winter Ashes or this series as the end for his England career. "I feel like I can bowl as well as ever. He said he felt great physically. "I have focused on what is happening right now throughout my career and that has been something I've done very well. I look forward to the series." How do the teams look? It is difficult to say. England has not played a Test since June's loss to New Zealand, while India has only had one three-day tour match since their World Test Championship final defeat to the Kiwis. England's first-class cricket has been very limited. All-rounder Sam Curran, who has not played any red-ball games since January, and Jos Buttler, the wicketkeeper, have only made one outing in February. The biggest blow to England is undoubtedly the absence of Ben Stokes, England's all-rounder. He is taking an "indefinite" break from cricket due to mental health issues. Jofra Archer, pace bowler, continues to recover from elbow surgery. Chris Woakes, all-rounder will not play because of a bruised foot. India is also not at their full strength. Shubman Gill and Washington Sundar withdrew with injury last week. Mayank Agarwal was also ruled out with concussion. England squad: Joe Root (capt), James Anderson (wk), Dom Bess (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns (wk), Rory Burns (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns (wk), Rory Burns (wk), Rory Burns (wk), Rory Burns (wk), Rory Burns (wk), Rory Burns (wk), Rory Burns (wk), Zak Curran, Sam Curran. India squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad. Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav.


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