Mumbai Test: Jimmy Anderson hoping for gutsy show from Jonny Bairstow

Updated: Dec 12, 2016, 09:50 IST | PA Sport

England pacer James Anderson is refusing to concede defeat just yet in what is almost certain to be his last Test series in India

England pacer James Anderson. Pic/Suresh Karkera
England pacer James Anderson. Pic/Suresh Karkera

England pacer James Anderson is refusing to concede defeat just yet in what is almost certain to be his last Test series in India.

The 34-year-old concedes that the next England team to tackle these conditions will have a much better chance than the tourists who, under Alastair Cook, are struggling to stop India wrapping up the series 3-0 with a match to spare.

Anderson will be required with the bat at least, and has not given up hope that he may yet have something to bowl at too. India's spinners are already responsible for another five wickets in England's second innings, taking their series aggregate to 51.

But Anderson said: "I'm not sure they're too difficult to handle. They're obviously world-class spinners, but we knew the task ahead when we came over here." He hopes Root and Bairstow have provided a belated template for success.

But Anderson said: I enjoyed watching (them) bat. I thought they did it with real positive intent, and showed you can still score runs out there.

"We hope that's given the lads down the order a bit of confidence going into tomorrow — because we're certainly not going to be trying to bat out for a draw.

"If we're going to keep this series alive, we're going to have to try to get past them and put some pressure on in the fourth innings."

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