Happy with outing against India A: Anderson

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 01, 2012 16:25 hrs

England fast bowler James Anderson Thursday said that his team was happy with the drawn tour-match against India A at the Brabourne Stadium here.

"It was always going to be tough after the flight and playing so soon after landing in India, but I think we got what we wanted to get out of the game," said Anderson.

"The bowlers got a decent workout and we had a couple of batsmen getting decent hits, so that's pretty much what we wanted."

Anderson said injury to Steve Finn was unfortunate as the workload increased on him and Tim Bresnan.

"It´s not ideal because you want to be able to choose from your strongest squad, but injuries do happen and it's unfortunate for Steven Finn," said Anderson.

"We´re lucky we have a number of bowlers who have done a great job for this team. We´ve got Graham Onions who should get a chance in the next couple of games to show what he can do."

Anderson said he was impressed with the performance of India´s Test hopefuls.

"They (Abhinav Mukund, Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane) played really well against us. They were obviously familiar with these conditions. It was a good batting pitch and they made the best use of it," he said.

The English pace spearhead, however, was not impressed with bowling.

"We got a couple of guys getting hundreds, a couple of fifties and the lower order chipped in with some useful runs as well and that´s what we have to do if we want to win Test matches here," said Anderson.

Anderson was all praise for Samit Patel, who looks like have sealed the No.6 spot with a fine 104.

"Samit was outstanding and showed great temperament. He was calm and controlled and played at his own tempo while (Alastair) Cook was playing at his own tempo, which is very different. He is a good all-round cricketer," he said.

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