Let's upset the odds again - Anderson
James Anderson has urged his England team-mates to kick on from their outstanding second-Test victory against India in Mumbai.
Having been beaten heavily in the opening encounter, Alastair Cook’s side showed great heart to deliver a thoroughly dominant performance and level the series on the back of a 10-wicket triumph.
Anderson insists England never lost confidence after struggling in Ahmedabad - something that paid dividends in aiding their eventual riposte.
“I think the confidence was always there,” said Anderson. “We just had a bit of a slip-up in the first innings at Ahmedabad, which cost us the game.
“It was quite easy for everyone to say we were going to lose 4-0 after that first Test, but we kept believing we could actually cause an upset in this series.”
They have already done that once, and now believe they can again.
“I thought it was an incredible effort,” Anderson said of the Mumbai victory. “It’s certainly up there for me as one of the best we’ve ever had.
“We needed a couple of guys to stand up, and we had three or four who really stood up and gave a great account of themselves.
“I know a couple of guys made the majority of our runs, so we hope throughout the series more people can contribute.”
Cook et al have already silenced plenty of doubters.
“We’re not supposed to be able to play spin; we’re not supposed to be able to play on the sub-continent - and we proved to everyone that we can do it,” said Anderson, who rates England’s latest victory even higher than the win at Adelaide which kick-started their 2010-11 Ashes glory and their success the last time they played a Test in Mumbai six years ago.
“It feels better than Adelaide, and it even feels better than the Test we won here in 2006. The three guys involved - me, Monty (Panesar) and Kev(in Pietersen) - say it feels better than that.
“Now we can really use it as a springboard and hope to push on for the rest of the series.”