'2012 win on par with my best Ashes'

'2012 win on par with my best Ashes'

England paceman James Anderson said he is excited to play against India in the five-match Test series. AFP

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 told PTI.

"2012 was one of the best series I have ever played 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. If you ask the Australians, they will probably say the same (laughs). 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. We are the senior players. I have a good partnership with Stuart Broad and we need to show that in our responsibilities," he asserted."

After England’s 1-1 draw with Pakistan in May, Anderson was given six weeks off from cricket to recover from a shoulder injury ahead of this series. The pacer has recuperated in time, and played for Lancashire's second-eleven against Nottinghamshire last weekend.

"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. There is also a championship game against Yorkshire this weekend," Anderson said.

"Even at home, the conditions are going to be different in every game you play. So you have to adapt to those conditions as quickly as possible. We have seen with Kuldeep Yadav that there is still an element of surprise, at least in white ball cricket."

Anderson said patience would be the key to deal with Kuldeep's guile.

"It is not all about watching footage. It is also about who adapts to those conditions the best, who is the most patient in Test cricket, who is the most skilfull," he said.



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