Veteran England pacer James Anderson revealed that this year’s battle between him and India skipper Virat Kohli was the best fight he has ever had in his career. The 39-year-old packed Kohli for a golden duck in the opening Test of the five-match series played in August.
He also shed light on the on-field joke between the two, stating that it was all in good spirits.
“This summer was probably my favorite competition with Virat. We’ve had some good fights over the years, both in England and India, but this year was definitely my favourite.”
“I got him out several times but he also scored some runs, and we had a fight on the field where there was definitely mutual respect. It was really cool, if that makes sense. Obviously, we were at odds with each other. Were leaving, but it was in a spirited way. So I really enjoyed it,” Anderson recounted of fox cricket road to the ashes podcast.
The Test series between India and England was called off with Kohli’s unit leading 2-1 after a string of COVID cases emerged in the Indian bio-bubble setup.
Meanwhile, Anderson will now be seen in action in the upcoming Ashes against Australia, starting December 8 in Brisbane.
Talking about his potential fight with former Australia captain Steve Smith, which fans will get to see during the series, the 39-year-old fast bowler said that England will try to get him out early.
“As a bowler, you always look at the best player, and for me in the last three, four or five years, Steve Smith has been Australia’s best player. He is the one they rely on for the amount of runs they get. are, apparently support it, the people around him like [David] Warner and [Marnus] Recently Labuschagne. But he has been their favorite over the years, so he will be the one we would like to get out early.”
“We have to start well. The Gabba in particular is huge for us. If we can get one-on-one on a few batsmen early, it can have a real snowball effect throughout the series. Bowling in Australia isn’t necessarily difficult. , it’s totally different. In England, Dukes swing more often, and on the wickets we play on, you can get some seam movement too. But you’re not going to get that many swings with the Kookaburra, so that’s it About trying to hit good areas. You just have to be relentless, and so accurate. And that’s where people struggle,” England said.