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How Indian batsmen play Anderson will be key, says McGrath

Chennai: Virat Kohli and his men will have to "get on top" of the swing and seam of the seasoned James Anderson to brighten India's chances in the upcoming Test series against England, feels Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath.

"Anderson is going to be a big player. It is how the Indian batsmen face his swing and bowling in English conditions. If they can get on top of Anderson, that is going to make a big difference for them. I think for them he is definitely going to be the key," McGrath said.

The Australian, who is director of coaching at MRF Pace Foundation, said though the Indian bowlers have been doing well in recent times, batting remains their strength. "It is going to be interesting. I think India started really well in England, obviously it is in the ODIs and T20s. The batting line-up has always been their strength. Just heard about injuries to (Jasprit) Bumrah and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar). So it will be interesting to see their bowling line-up, to see who comes in and takes the load.

"In recent times they have been bowling really well. Injuries do happen, it is going to make it a little tougher. But their strength is their batting," he added. He said though the spinners have done well for India and would have a role to play in England, the fast bowlers would be crucial.

"Spinners have done well for India. Shane Warne loved bowling there. He always said if it seamed, it will turn. In English conditions it does seam a bit and Warne has had success there. India is going to need their bowlers, their spinners firing if they have to win the series." McGrath said.

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