Anderson: "We've got to be ready to put in a big shift over these next two Tests."

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Anderson: "We've got to be ready to put in a big shift over these next two Tests."

The England cricket team arrived in Sri Lanka on January 3 and they saw a strange scene. A large number of people in protective suits sprayed them and tested them on COVID. James Anderson described what it all looked like "It was pretty unusual," Anderson told journalists on Monday, as quoted by cricbuzz "But from our point of view - we spoke about it after - it made us feel really safe.

With Sri Lanka having fairly low cases, they're taking every precaution to make sure they stay safe over here, so it was understandable those measures were taken. Yes, it looked unusual with all the hazmat suits, but it's better to be safe in this situation and we totally understood and got on with it."

The previous time in Sri Lanka, Anderson did not have the best time. He had disappointing performances and failed to catch the rhythm in which he could show how good a player he is "Going on the last couple of tours, spin has been a huge part of a success," he said.

"The wickets have really suited the spinners, but we've a good pace attack here. You're still in the game. There are still opportunities to take wickets. There's reverse swing; the new ball does swing. I've had some success at Galle before as have some of the other seamers.

It's not all doom and gloom. "We've got to be ready to put in a big shift over these next two Tests. Our job might be about shorter spells and less overs in the day but there are definitely still opportunities to take wickets."

England bench

The England team has many good players in all positions and will not have a problem if a player is injured or if an unforeseen situation occurs. Anderson is also aware of that and believes that a good team must have a good bench if it wants to succeed.

Certainly, England with the quality it possesses can achieve a lot. "It's always great to have that depth," Anderson said. "We've seen from every team that has been successful in Australia and away from home in particular, it's important to have a good squad of bowlers, where anyone can slot in and do a good job for the team."

"There will be injuries along the way, and rotation, we need a big group of bowlers. That's what we've got, and we've got quality in there as well which is really exciting."