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AFTER 17 YEARS AWAY FROM PAKISTAN, JAMES ANDERSON IS EXCITED TO BE BACK

Updated: Nov 22, 2023


James Anderson is back


Anderson admits he is clueless after two training sessions at Rawalpindi's Pindi Cricket Stadium, site of the first Test.


The lone survivor of England's last Test tour to Pakistan 17 years ago is feeling happy to be back. James Anderson has worked hard on his fitness over the last five or six years to still be at the forefront of the English bowling attack at the age of 40 and continue a Test career which began in 2003 against Zimbabwe at Lord's.


"I'm lucky enough to be reasonably fit by nature," he said on Tuesday.


"I feel very lucky to still be here, very happy to be back in Pakistan after a long time." The fast bowler didn't play in any of the three Tests on that 2005 tour which Pakistan won 2-0 but will lead the attack without regular partner Stuart Broad when the three-match final series gets underway. on Thursday. "We had an amazing reception," Anderson said.


"All the lads are really excited to be here again, even the lads who weren't here 17 years ago understand how big this tour is in terms of world cricket, not just the two teams that are here." Foreign teams avoided visiting Pakistan after the Sri Lankan team bus attack in 2009, and Pakistan has hosted England twice in a test series in the UAE. England are now trying to figure out how the pitch will perform.


Anderson admits he is clueless after two training sessions at Rawalpindi's Pindi Cricket Stadium, site of the first Test. In Rawalpindi, Pakistan beat Bangladesh and South Africa in the last three while undergoing Tests against Sri Lanka and more recently Australia.


"I'm not a big tone reader," Anderson said. “One thing we noticed was that in the morning when we came here to train there was a bit of dew. . . could be a little damp in the window at first. Well, I hope so too.


Anderson has a staggering 667 goals from a staggering 175 Test matches, but if the subcontinents play by stereotype, they will challenge the aggressive plans of England captain Ben Stokes and manager Brendon McCullum.


"The challenge is finding something in the unresponsive throws," Anderson said.


"You have to try to find ways to take wickets and the introduction of Ben as captain and Brendon as manager has also helped to think outside the box. . . we need to take 20 wickets and so I'm going to focus on that for the next few weeks.


Anderson saw Pakistan as tough opponents in his own backyard, with captain Babar Azam and Azhar Ali in the top order, and pace from Naseem Shah and discovered Haris Rauf to challenge the fast-scoring English batsmen.


“They covered all areas with speed, and I think their punch is very strong,” Anderson said.


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