Anderson - We like a challenge
James Anderson predicts the Test series in the UAE against Pakistan will be a stern examination for England.
Last Updated: 29/11/11 9:20am
James Anderson expects Pakistan to provide a stern examination when they meet England for three Tests in the United Arab Emirates early next year.
England are the top ranked Test side in the world after a superb run of recent form, highlighted by an Ashes win Down Under last winter and a 4-0 thrashing of India on home soil.
Lancashire seamer Anderson has been an integral part of that success but is aware England will have to adapt quickly to unfamiliar Middle Eastern conditions.
Pakistan, who now play most of their 'home' series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi because of the uncertain security situation in the country, should have no such problems, having beaten Sri Lanka 1-0 over three Tests at those venues in their most recent series.
After their tour of England in 2010 was marred by the spot-fixing scandal that eventually saw Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir jailed, Pakistan have started to regroup on the field under Misbah-ul-Haq's leadership.
"I think it will be a really tough series for us," Anderson told Sky Sports News HD.
"Hopefully our spinners will help the seam bowlers out a little bit.
"We've seen them play Sri Lanka there recently and win, so they are obviously getting used to conditions.
"It is something we are excited about, we like a challenge and, if we are going to stay at world number one, we have to win in places like that."
The first Test starts at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on January 17 and is followed by matches at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Jan 25-29) and then back in Dubai (Feb 3-7).