Anderson out to reclaim lost status
James Anderson sees no reason why England cannot return to the top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings.
Today would have marked a year at the summit for Andrew Strauss’ side, had they not lost the Investec Series to South Africa on Monday.
England’s next Test assignment is a four-game rubber with India from mid-November, at the same time as the top-ranked Proteas are playing three matches against Australia.
By the end of those series it could be all change at the top of a finely balanced table and Anderson hopes he and his second-placed team-mates can usurp South Africa this winter.
“Chasing that number one spot, we’ve done that before and we know how to go about that and hopefully we can turn things round and perform much better in India,” he told ecb.co.uk.
“We know how to do that. We’ve done that before. It is disappointing. We’ve worked so hard to get there and we’ve not really hung on to the number-one spot as long as we would have liked, but we’ve chased it down before and I don’t see any reason why we can’t do it again.”
England fly to India in late October and are due to play three warm-ups ahead of the first Test at Ahmedabad from November 15.
Anderson, who has featured in three Tests in India - one in 2006 and two in 2008, knows what to expect in that part of the sub-continent.
“It’s always a tough place to go. It’s exciting in a way because I don’t think our record is that great in India and we’ve got things to prove there,” he said.
“They're a really good side, especially on home soil. It’s a really exciting time for us to go out there and show people we’ve still got the ability to be number one in the world.”
With 10 wickets in those three Tests in India, Anderson understands the importance of varying his bowling there.
“It’s slightly different to playing in England. You’ve got to look for different ways of getting your wickets out there. Reverse swing will hopefully be a big part of that,” he added.
“Again, it’s another exciting time for us. Another learning curve. We just now want to concentrate on getting that number-one spot back and to do that we’ve got to win in places like India and hopefully we can do that this winter.”