The pitch is always the most intriguing topic in the lead up to any Test series India play. The greentop-vs-dust-bowl debate never seems to go out of vogue. Three days ahead of the first Test in Nottingham, the first look of the lush green Trent Bridge square had got the cricket fraternity buzzing.
The scars of playing and getting drubbed on spiteful turners in India six months ago must still be fresh in the minds of English players and they would be itching to return the complement on seaming, swinging tracks.
Pace spearhead James Anderson didn’t mince words when he said, “I don’t think India can have any complaints if we do leave a bit of grass on because of what we came up against on our tour of India last time.” Anderson, during an interaction with select journalists on Monday, added, “India used home advantage to their benefit. A lot of teams around the world do it.”
The home advantage argument aside, Anderson realizes the flip side of providing a seaming pitch for the Test. “If there’s grass left on it, India have got a strong seam attack as well,” Anderson, who has most Test wickets for a fast bowler, said in acknowledgement of India’s fast-bowling resources which have caused ripples over the last three years.
“It’s hard to judge a pitch three days out. I am sure they are going to trim some grass and roll it. It was quite soft yesterday. I would be hoping for some good pitches with pace and carry. Quite often it will swing here so it needs to carry,” Anderson reckoned.
Anderson, into his 19th year as a Test cricketer, pointed at the different challenges posed by this current breed of Indian batsmen compared to the previous generation. “I think, with the IPL generation of players, you can definitely see a difference and a more fearless approach, not scared of playing any shot in any format. Rishabh Pant, as an example, reverse-sweeping me in the last tour of India. You would never see Sourav Ganguly do that,” the 39-year-old said.

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