Taunton: Anticipating that they will be tested with short-pitched stuff in the upcoming Test series against England, the Indian batsmen on Thursday devoted time in the practice session to finding ways to handle the James Anderson-led pace battery. The tour opens with a three-day game against Somerset from Friday.
With the county resting most of its top players, the wicket as featherbed as it comes and forecast of rain-laden next three days, the specter of Anderson is making Indians almost bypass the game against Somerset.
Anderson has 24 wickets from six Tests against India - 20 of them of top order batsmen. He picked up a five-wicket haul at Lord's on India's previous visit in 2007. He has claimed Sachin Tendulkar 5 times from 6 Tests.