James Anderson labels Test battle with Virat Kohli ‘well spirited’

James Anderson refers to the time he sent Virat Kohli to the pavilion twice in the recent Test series

Web Desk
October 14, 2021

England pacer James Anderson, who sent Virat Kohli to the pavilion twice in the recent Test series, said that the battle with the Indian skipper was his "favourite contest".

"This summer was probably my favorite contest with Virat. We’ve had a few good battles over the years, both in England and India, but this year has certainly my favorite," Anderson told Fox Cricket’s Road to the Ashes podcast.

The fast bowler added, "I got him out a few times but also he got some runs as well, and we had a battle on the field where there was definitely mutual respect. It was in a nice manner. Obviously, we were going against each other, but it was in a well-spirited way. So I really enjoyed that."

Anderson further said that he is now focusing on Australia's Steve Smith as gets ready for the forthcoming Ashes, who according to him has been Australia’s top player.

"As a bowler you always look at the best player, and for me over the last three, four or five years, Steve Smith's been Australia's best player," he said.