Published: Thu, October 20, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Anderson to miss first India Test

Anderson to miss first India Test

Anderson, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, is scheduled to miss the Test series against Bangladesh and will be without match practice prior to the start of the campaign against India.

"We play Tests so quickly nowadays so I could do it", said Cook.

Cook said: "It's going to be a very special day on a personal note". "He made his debut after me and he has played 133 and I have played only 48".

Ansari has yet to play Test cricket while the 39-year-old Batty's last Test was also against Bangladesh, at Durham in 2005. Now is the time to play and we are focusing on that.

And Cook, who will become England's most-capped Test cricketer when he leads the team into Thursday's opener against Bangladesh, is resigned to starting the five-match series against India without his leading strike bowler.

"It doesn't matter whether you are playing your first game or your 134th, it is a very proud moment to play for England and you should never ever forget that and I certainly don't, "he added".

England has won all the previous eight Tests between the sides, one of only two teams - apart from Australia - to have won every Test against Bangladesh.

Cook recently became a father for the second time but had to report back in Bangladesh on the 17th - 18 hours after his daughter was born.

"So if someone from the top four can play a big innings and we get more than 300 in the first innings it will be a big plus for us".

"I'm clearly very proud to beat a record set by an England great".

"I think that could be an advantage".

The game in Chittagong is the first of seven Tests in the subcontinent for England before Christmas, a punishing schedule where the tourists will face unnatural surfaces and sweltering temperatures.

"We seem to get most options with that one".

Having scored 10599 runs and 29 Test centuries, the most impressive part about Cook's illustrious career is the fact he has managed to play 131 of his 133 Tests to date consecutively. The decision is going to be made over the next week on that (when he goes to India). "I spoke to him last night and he is training well and in good shape physically", Cook said.

Cook was controversially sacked as England's limited-overs skipper just two months before the 2015 World Cup, but he now says that call could have been a blessing in disguise.

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