Anderson ‘excited’ for Pakistan tour after ‘perfect preparation’

England will play three-Test series in December

By Web Desk
November 23, 2022
James Anderson is a key player in the England Test side — AFP

ABU DHABI: Veteran England pacer James Anderson is looking forward to the Test series against Pakistan next month.

England will arrive in Pakistan on November 27, ahead of the first Test against the home side on December 1 in Rawalpindi.

“It’s been a long time and I didn’t play in those matches, but looking forward to an exciting Tests series,” Anderson was quoted as saying by The National.

“We have had the perfect preparation as we head to Pakistan. The facilities are great [in Abu Dhabi] with the amount of pitches here and we are enjoying the weather from the time we arrived.

“It’s exciting for us having not been there for quite some time, and I think I’m probably the only player in this squad who has done a Test tour to Pakistan. I think the fans and players over there would be very excited to see us play."

Anderson, who is the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket for England with 667 scalps in 175 matches, also spoke about his love for the game.

“I still love playing the game and I still want to be involved in this Test team as well. For me, it’s just a case of staying in the best shape and help this team win every game,” he said.

The 40-year-old also stated the T20 champions of the world are keen on making their mark on the longest format of the game as well.

“For the majority of the guys who were involved in that T20 World Cup will surely be inspired to do just as well in the Tests series,” Anderson said.

“We obviously want to continue with that sort of surroundings at the moment. We started to do something special in the Test format in the summer and we would try that again during this series.

“We don’t know really how we are going to do facing Pakistan in an away series but we’ll keep an open mind and make sure every box ticks.”

After the first match, the second Test moves to Multan starting on Friday, December 9, and the final Test of the tour will take place at the National Stadium in Karachi, commencing on Saturday, December 17.