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Jimmy Anderson ready for Virat Kohli showdown as India Test series gets under way


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immy Anderson says he cannot wait to bowl against Virat Kohli again but does not care whether he gets him out – as long as one of England’s bowlers does.

Anderson is set to lead England’s attack at Trent Bridge tomorrow, in the first of five Tests, having turned 39 last week.

Anderson and Kohli, the India captain, have enjoyed a good battle over the years. The Englishman had the wood on Kohli when he toured England in 2014, and averaged just 13.4.

Four years, later, however, Kohli scored a stunning 593 runs and was not dismissed by Anderson.

“I’m definitely excited to play against him again,” he said. “You always want to challenge yourself against the best in the world and he’s certainly that.

“We know how big a player he is for them both as a batsman and as captain, he has a huge influence on that team. So we know he’s a big wicket and to be honest I don’t care if I get him out. As long as somebody gets him out that’s the main thing.

“He’s an important wicket. I think challenging yourself against the best in the world is really exciting and their top six is riddled with talent so it’s going to be a big challenge for us seam bowlers.”

England are without Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer for the series and were today mulling how to fill the final spot in their XI. Sam Curran and Ollie Robinson look likely to join Anderson and Stuart Broad in the attack, with Jack Leach likely to provide a spin option.

England could yet opt for a fifth seamer, Mark Wood, or a sixth batter, Jonny Bairstow or Dan Lawrence.

Meanwhile, England have confirmed that their tour of Bangladesh – for three ODIs and three T20s – has been postponed from September until March 2023.

This eases some of their fixture congestion, but also reopens the possibility of their players being involved in the Indian Premier League, which will resume in the UAE after this Test series ends.


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