2012 win in India on par with my best Ashes: Anderson

The Ashes remains the pinnacle of Test cricket for James Anderson “like any Englishman” but the showdowns against India also rank pretty high as the world No.1 side brings out the absolute best in him – the 2012 away series being a case in point.

“We have played against South Africa when they were number one in the world and that was a good test, and India is exactly the same for me,” Anderson said in an interview ahead of the five-match Test series starting August 1 in Birmingham.

‘A really proud series’

“2012 was one of the best series I have ever played in, for me, in India. As a seam bowler, you go to India and everyone says that the spinners will take wickets so you want to prove to people that you can succeed in those conditions,” he said.

“So for me that was a really proud series of my career. You always want to play against the best and do well against the best. That always inspires me to try and push myself and play as well as you can,” he added.

Anderson had played a starring role in England’s 2-1 series win in India back in 2012, with 12 scalps in four matches. The pacer, who boasts of 540 wickets in 138 Tests, said that victory was on par with many of his Ashes performances.

“I think there has always been a good healthy rivalry between India and England. Every series I have played in, whether it was one-day or Test cricket, it has always been really competitive and a really high standard of cricket,” he said.

“For me, for an Englishman, the Ashes, it is the pinnacle. It is the biggest series in Test cricket, the one that you look forward to the most and the one that you want to win at any cost. But for me, playing against the best teams is also what you want to do,” he added.

Anderson said he is looking forward to challenging himself against India and the onus would be on England’s senior players to perform.

“This summer we have felt that we have a bigger responsibility to the team in putting in good performances,” he asserted.

Good preparation

“My preparation has been really good. I have done a lot of work in the gym and have been bowling a lot in the last couple of weeks to try and get my fitness up,” Anderson said.

India and England have stepped up from two-match series in the nineties, to three-matches thereafter, to four Tests in 2011-12, and eventually five-Test series now.PTI

I think there has always been a good healthy rivalry between India and England. Every series I have played in, whether it was one-day or Test cricket, it has always been really competitive and a really high standard of cricket

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