Video - Alastair Cook Gives Anderson Backing
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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9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, NottinghamIndia 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, LondonIndia 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, SouthamptonEngland 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, ManchesterEngland 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, LondonEngland 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, BristolMatch abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, CardiffIndia 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, NottinghamIndia 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, BirminghamIndia 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, LeedsEngland 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, BirminghamEngland 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs