England veteran James Anderson© AFP
England have announced they will take part in the Edgbaston Test against India, most notably with veteran pacer James Anderson, who is back in the squad after missing the final Test against New Zealand. Anderson came on Friday just a month away from completing 40 years, playing his first Test match against England in 2007. He took 14 wickets in the three-match series but England went on to lose 0-1.
It was the last time England faced India at home in 2011, 2014 and 2018 as they thrashed the Asian giants across the board. This period also saw England’s first victory on Indian soil in several years, when Alastair Cook’s side won 2-1 in 2012-13.
While there were several standout players, the one who had the biggest impact in all of those victories was Anderson. He holds the record for the most wickets against India in a Test with a total of 133 wickets in 34 matches.
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Interestingly, 99 of those wickets went home in just 21 games.
At Edgbaston, Jimmy will be looking to complete a century of wickets at home against India and write another victory for his side.
The win means a lot to him and England, as it will help the Three Lions save the series. India were 2-1 up last summer, but England look like a different team under Brendon McCallum.
New captain Ben Stokes already has high hopes for the old firm of Anderson and Stuart Broad, and India has everything to do in Birmingham.
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