England tour of India: James Anderson full of praise for centurion Samit Patel
James Anderson was impressed by the performance of England team-mate Samit Patel during the tour opener in India.
Last Updated: 01/11/12 1:01pm
Patel hit 104 and took two wickets in the drawn three-day fixture with India A in Mumbai to press his claims for a place in England's team when the four-Test series starts in Ahmedabad on November 15.
"I thought he was outstanding in this game, showed great temperament and just looked calm and controlled," said Anderson.
"He played at his own tempo - Cooky at the other end, playing at his, which is very different to Samit's - and I thought they complemented each other very well.
"He's a very good all-round player. He plays spin very well. He was very controlled and composed out there, and that's what you need in these conditions."
The match was also Kevin Pietersen's return to England action after he was dropped in interests of dressing-room harmony last summer.
Anderson is happy that the squad can now move on and concentrate on the series ahead.
"All the stuff that's gone on, it's all well and good saying 'we're going to draw a line under it'," said the Lancashire seamer, who took two wickets in each innings.
"But I think that's actually happened, and it just seems to be back to normal in the dressing room and on the field."