Anderson raring to go after rest

22 February 2021 20:35:37 GMTPlus10

James Anderson says he understands the rationale behind England's rotation policy in the Test series in India and is now ready to return.

The Lancashire fast bowler, England's record wicket-taker in Test cricket, played a key role in their victory in the first Test in Chennai before being rested for the second match which India won by 317 runs.

I am feeling good and fresh and ready to go again if called upon.

James Anderson

He is hoping to return to the XI for the day-night match in Ahmedabad, which starts on Wednesday. The tourists also have batsman Jonny Bairstow and paceman Mark Wood available after being rested for the first two games.

Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali have also returned home as England seek to manage their players' workload during a hectic year of Test cricket.

Joe Root's men have already won 2-0 in Sri Lanka and they have a home series against New Zealand and India this summer before the winter Ashes tour of Australia.

Asked by The Guardian about being rested for the second Test, the 38-year-old Anderson said: "You have got to try and look at the bigger picture. The idea was if I missed that one, that would give me the best chance of being fit and firing for the pink-ball Test.

"I am feeling good and fresh and ready to go again if called upon. It's the same for all bowlers, not just me. We've got 17 Test matches this year and the best way of getting your best players firing for as many of those as possible is to take little rests every now and then."

England are 3.00 to win the third Test against India, with Anderson 3.75 to be their top first-innings bowler.

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