No need to rein in Anderson: Cook

No need to rein in Anderson: Cook

Expressing his relief to have James Anderson available for the rest of the series against India, England skipper Alastair Cook said there was no need to put a leash around the pacer.

“We know every time you pull on the shirt as an England player, you are role models, and we're all aware of that. But we don't want to be too nicey nicey with everyone saying they're playing in the right spirit.

“Of course, there are little bits where Jimmy might have overstepped the mark, but you'd rather be on that line than too passive,” said Cook in his pre-match press do on Wednesday.

Cook asserted that Anderson remained a wonderful person off the field, and on the field too on most occasions.

“Jimmy's an experienced cricketer and he's found a method that he needs to do, to be England's second leading wicket-taker. I'm pretty sure he'll be England's leading wicket taker very soon. He's a very different personality when he crosses the line and I don't think anyone should moan about it because what happens on the field should stay on the field. Of course, you understand the parameters you have to play within."

Further explaining that point, Cook said: “I’ve been around for dinner with Jimmy and he doesn’t use that language with mum and dad. It’s the same as a rugby player. You need to get yourself in a right frame of mind. I’m not sure every rugby player walks down the street wanting to tackle every single person he sees. You have to get yourself in that right mental state to perform. That’s why he has that slightly split personality.”

Cook also expressed happiness that Anderson would get a chance to play at his home ground, the Old Trafford. "He's a little bit less grumpy, which is always nice for Jimmy. But actually in those last couple of Test matches, with this issue hanging over him, he's bowled really well.

“I don't think that has really affected his performance on the field at all. It's great that this is now behind him. He gets to play in a home Test match, which I know is very special for every guy. For him to be playing here means a lot. I think that's what the biggest concern was -- that he wouldn't get to play at Old Trafford."

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