England captain Joe Root on Tuesday heartily praised the fitter and more-skillful-than-ever James Anderson for his match-winning spell in opposition to India within the opening Test and stated having the veteran within the aspect places him in a “very comfortable position”. Root stated the dismissal of Indian batsmen Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane by Anderson within the house of three balls within the recreation, which England won by 227 runs on Tuesday, reminded him of Andrew Flintoff within the 2005 Ashes. Flintoff had dismissed Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer in a single over within the second Test to revive England’s hopes and their Ashes marketing campaign.
“It reminded me a little bit of (Andrew) Flintoff in 2005 (Edgbaston Test) and the impact of that over to (Ricky) Ponting and (Justin) Langer slightly. In the context of this game it was huge,” Root said in the post-match press conference.
“When you see someone like Jimmy Anderson, naturally you expect that from him,” he added.
Flintoff had scalped Langer and the then Australian captain Ponting in the identical over as England received the Edgbaston Test to attract degree at 1-1 earlier than occurring to seal a memorable Ashes victory.
Root was lavish in reward for the 38-year-old Anderson.
“He seems to get better all the time. The skill level keeps improving…his work rate is good as anyone I have ever seen. And his fitness level are the best he’s ever been in his whole career,” he stated.
“It is a credit to English cricket. That’s a great example to all England players. When you are under pressure and need something to happen when you got him in your armoury it is a very comfortable position to be in,” Root added.
Root lauded his aspect for grabbing all the massive moments within the match.
“The likes of Ben Stokes coming on and taking the wicket of Virat Kohli…They are big game players and they stand up and they do special things. It’s a great example for the young guys around to go and see (and say) that I want to be the one doing that,” he stated.
“They are those big moments that you have to grasp. And if you want to win the series in these conditions against a side as good as India, these are the things that you have to get right,” he added.
About the shortage of crowd within the first Test, he stated the England group missed its travelling followers.
Spectators could be allowed within the stands at 50 per cent of the stadium capability throughout the second Test right here beginning February 13.
“Well, we certainly miss our fans, the travelling fans and their support. Obviously it’s a big loss towards the end, to be able to enjoy a week, like this alongside the guys playing,” Root stated.
“It might be very different next week when there are a few people in the ground, and I’m sure that will improve the aesthetics of Test cricket even more,” he added.
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