This year was my favourite contest with Virat: Anderson
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England fast bowler James Anderson says he enjoyed the ''well-spirited'' manner in which he and India captain Virat Kohli had a go at each other during the home Test series this summer and described the contest as his favorite of the many duels with the star batter.
This year, Anderson was able to dismiss the Indian skipper twice in a span of four Test matches. ''This summer was probably my favorite contest with Virat. We've had a few good battles over the years, both in England and India, but this year was certainly my favorite,'' Anderson was quoted as saying by 'ESPNCricinfo.' ''I got him out a few times but also he got some runs as well, and we had a battle on the field where there was a mutual respect there.
''It was nice if that makes sense. We were going at each other, but it was in a well-spirited way. So I enjoyed that,'' he added.
''As a bowler, you always look at the best player, and for me over the last three, four, or five years, Steve Smith's been Australia's best player.'' ''He's been the one they rely on for their volume of runs, obviously supported by guys around him like (David) Warner and (Marnus) Labuschagne recently. But he's been their go-to in the last few years, so he'll be the one that we will be keen to get out early.'' The veteran pacer said he would be content with playing three or four Tests rather than all five to maintain his longevity.
''I will do exactly what I did in our summer. Hopefully, I'll be playing all five, but I'd be happy with three or four. You manage it as you go through the series,'' Anderson said.
''We've got a decent squad of bowlers, so we can rotate a little bit, as we have been for the last 18 months to two years. ''The likelihood of playing all five at my age, to be honest at any age in Australia, (is slim). It does take a lot out of you, especially in the heat in some of the venues. So we just have to wait and see,'' he added.
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