Watch as England captain Alastair Cook says he backs his fast bowler James Anderson after the latter was charged for an alleged incident involving Ravindra Jadeja in the first England-India Test at Trent Bridge.
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Speaking ahead of the second Test, which begins tomorrow (17th July) at Lord's, Cook told the media that the incident has not disrupted his side's preparations.
Hoever, Cook believes that the charge against Anderson is a tactic being used by India to unsettle the Lancashire man and his team-mates.
"We are surprised that it has come to the situation that it has come to, if we are being honest," Cook said.
"We just can't let this be a distraction for us as a side. We can't sit here in five days time and say the build up to it. But, to be honest with you, apart from Jimmy (Anderson) and maybe obviously myself being involved. The other lads they haven't had much dealings with it so it has been pretty much low key.
He then got fully behind Anderson, who scored a career-best 81 during a world record 10th-wicket partnership of 198 with Joe Root at Trent Bridge.
"For Jimmy (Anderson), he is a stalwart of our side. He is an outstanding bowler with a fantastic record.
"It is probably a tactic a little bit from India if we are being honest.
"We just can rally behind him, and hopefully we can get that ball swinging. At a certain time in this Test match Jimmy will want to let his cricket do the talking."
After the pitch in Nottingham came in for severe criticism, plenty of attention will be on the cut strip at the home of cricket over the next few days.
Cook is confident that head groundsman Mick Hunt and his team will have produced a good wicket for both teams.
"It looks like a good wicket now, there is a good covering of grass on it, a nice green tinge.
"But the wickets, as always at Lord's, tend to be good wickets as well when they have a little carry on them.
"I was just speaking to Mick and he is happy with it. Because it is not an exact science it's difficult to predict exactly how it will go."
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