James Anderson has said that England cannot afford to get carried away by the hype of the first npower Test win at Lord’s.
“Lord’s has gone now,” he said. “We enjoyed that last day, enjoyed winning.
“I think in that second innings, to create the pressure we did without the ball doing a great deal – I think a few kept low, but the wicket was still pretty good – was fantastic, and probably up there with Australia if not better than we performed in Australia.“
“We’re concentrating completely on Friday morning and that first hour here,” the Lancashire seamer continued.
“If we keep playing good cricket and concentrate on the little things that get us there, we hope the end product will be becoming the number one team in the world. It’s an overriding goal, but it’s not something we go into each game thinking about.”
“We know we’re playing really, really good cricket at the moment. Everyone’s chipping in – and if we need someone to step up generally someone is doing that, whether it’s Matt (Prior) and Broady [Stuart Broad] in the second innings (at Lord’s) with the bat or Broady with the ball,” added Anderson.
“We’re trying to improve each day, as individuals and as a team. If we can do that, we know we can do great things.”
Anderson will lead the pace attack at a venue for which he has an uncanny liking.
“It’s nice to play at a ground where you’ve had success before. But on Friday I won’t be thinking about my past successes; I’ll be thinking about bowling well in this match against that Indian team,” he said.
“We saw five days of a ground sold out. That’s exciting in itself – there’s not been many day fives in Test matches in England sold out in recent years, other than the Ashes,” added Anderson.
“We hope people are getting excited about it, because we’re certainly getting excited about it.”
Anderson, up to second in the world rankings for Test bowlers, has often made it his business to see off India’s master batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
He has got him out out six times already in Test cricket, but does not necessarily see it as a specific part of his brief to add to that sequence.
“He’s obviously a key wicket for their team, similar to a (Ricky) Ponting for Australia,” he said. “When you get him out you know it’s a key dismissal, so we know we’ve got to be on top of our game to do that.
“He’s the sort of player who, I’m sure, isn’t thinking about that when he’s batting – and I’m not thinking about it when I’m bowling. I’m not bothered whether it’s me who comes out on top but I hope we do as a group.”