Anderson does not expect to bully Kohli

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India's Virat Kohli during nets at Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - July 30, 2018. Reuters/Andrew Boyers

LONDON (Reuters) – England cannot expect to bully a much-improved India captain Virat Kohli in their five-match test series that begins today, pace bowler James Anderson said.

India’s struggles on their last tour of England four years ago was reflected by Kohli’s patchy form in their 3-1 series defeat. The batsman was dismissed four times by Anderson.

Asked if he could have a similar impact against Kohli when the two teams face off again, Anderson said: “Not really… it’s a long time ago, a lot of cricket has happened since then and he’s improved as a player in that time.

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“You can’t pay any attention to that at all… it’s not about what’s gone on in the past, that’s not going to help me get him out this week, it’s about what I do and what the team does in the next six weeks.”

Anderson could beat Australian Glenn McGrath’s record for most test wickets by a fast bowler. He currently has 540 wickets, 23 shy of McGrath.

However, the Lancastrian was keen to stress that his focus was on suppressing India’s talented batting line-up led by Kohli as England look to win their first test series in four.

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