This year was my favourite contest with Virat: Anderson

PTIUpdated: Friday, October 15, 2021, 12:04 AM IST
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London: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 favourite of the many duels with the star batter.

The Kohli versus Anderson rivalry is one of the biggest talking points whenever India lock horns with England in the longest format of the game.

While Anderson dominated proceedings in 2014, the stylish Indian batter turned things around and kept the speedster at bay during India's 2018 tour of England.

This year, Anderson was able to dismiss the Indian skipper twice in a span of four Test matches.

"This summer was probably my favourite contest with Virat. We've had a few good battles over the years, both in England and India, but this year was certainly my favourite," 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 definitely a mutual respect there.

"It was in a really nice manner, if that makes sense. Obviously we were going at each other, but it was in a in a well-spirited way. So I really enjoyed that," he added.

Talking about the iconic Ashes series, Anderson said he is looking forward to bowling to star Australian batter Steve Smith.

"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."

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