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I hope the Manchester Test will be played again at some point, says James Anderson

Senior English pacemaker James Anderson expressed his disappointment over the cancellation of the fifth Test between England and India in Manchester.

The fifth Test, which could have been a series-decisive match for both teams, was called off hours before the throw-in after the COVID-19 scare disrupted the Indian camp.

England vs India’s fifth Test canceled after support staff tested COVID-19 positive

On the eve of the last Tets, India got a heavy blow after their second physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar contracted the terrible COVID-19 virus, after which all players had to undergo immediate RT-PCR tests, which was negative.

James Anderson and Ollie Robinson. Credits: Twitter

Still, Indian players were skeptical about playing the fifth Test in such an environment, which is why they jointly wrote a letter to the Indian board to convey their decision.

Finally, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) mutually agreed with their counterpart England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to end the match, whose future has yet to be decided and so does the fate of the series.

It’s so unfortunate that the summer of international cricket ends like this: James Anderson

Anderson, who picked 15 wickets from the four matches, was one of the pillars for England, who stood strongly against India’s top order and constantly hammered against it.

James Anderson
James Anderson (Image Credit: Twitter)

The England talisman player took his official handle on Instagram, where he conveyed his support to his home club Lancashire Cricket, the host for the final Test and the fans who could not testify during a tough match.

‘It’s so unfortunate that the summer of international cricket ends like this. “I’m discouraged for everyone at @lancashirecricket, for the fans who paid for tickets / trains / hotels, for both sets of fans who wanted to see the end that this series deserves,” Anderson wrote in his caption.

“I hope it will be played again at some point and I hope I can play an international match on my home field again that I love so much,” he added.

India were 2-1 ahead in the five-match Test series before the Manchester Test was called off and England very much wanted to win the match and share the series.

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