England bowler James Anderson says India can’t complain if the pitch is set up to aid the hosts ahead of the first Test match, which is set to get underway on Wednesday (Match Betting – England 9/5, Draw 6/5, India 3/1).
The much-anticipated five-match series (England 10/11, India 7/4, draw 9/2 – Series Outright) begins at Trent Bridge on Wednesday as India attempt to win their first Test series in England since 2007.
The two teams faced each other earlier in the year with India claiming a routine 3-1 victory on home soil.
Much was made about the conditions of the pitches in India, with the hosts’ spinners ripping through the England batting line up.
England will be hoping to get redemption this summer, as they aim to bounce back from a disappointing loss to New Zealand in the World Test Championship final in June, played at Southampton’s Rose Bowl.
Anderson (7/4 – England top wicket taker – 1st Innings), England’s all-time Test wicket taker, says the setup will suit England’s seam attack and India should not be surprised.
“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,” said the 39-year-old.
“If there’s grass left on it, India have got a strong seam attack as well. It’s hard to judge a pitch three days out. I am sure they are going to trim some grass and roll it.”
The match between the number four and number two Test sides in the world will see both sides forced to cope without key players.
Ben Stokes is England’s most high-profile absentee with the all-rounder taking an indefinite break from cricket due to mental health concerns.
For the tourists, batsman Mayank Agarwal has been ruled out of the first Test with concussion.