The paceman took three wickets in a superb period of reverse bowling in Chennai on Tuesday as England won by 227 points to go 1-0 in the four-game series.
The 38-year-old’s fitness levels appear to be as good as at any point in his long career, but Anderson could be left out for the second test, also in Chennai, depriving him of the opportunity to add to its total of 611 test wickets. a record for a fast bowler.
England face a busy 2021 testing schedule, culminating in an Ashes series in Australia, and the coaching staff know they need to use their resources carefully.
Tourists could stick to their Anderson rotation policy with his longtime partner Stuart Broad, who missed the first test but is in great shape for the past 18 months.
“When a batsman picks up pace and form, he wants to keep beating and maintain that pace, and the same goes for a bowler,” said Anderson.
“You want to continue if possible, but I’m very aware that we have four test games in quick succession here and there will probably be a need for rest and rotation. So I’m not assuming anything.”
England will make at least one change to their squad, with goalkeeper Jos Buttler taking a pre-arranged break and Ben Stokes preparing to come back behind the stumps.
England coach Chris Silverwood admitted on Wednesday: “It’s difficult (to leave Anderson out), it’s a class act. But we’ll have to wait and see.
“I’m not hesitant to change a winning team now if it’s the best thing for the players, the team and their longevity.”
England will play in front of a crowd for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with up to 15,000 fans per day allowed into the MA Chidambaram stadium.
Silverwood said he welcomed the return of supporters.
“They (the Indian authorities) have been brilliant since we’ve been here,” he said. “We all feel safe and I’m sure things will be done right.
“Making some noise in the ground again will be fantastic. It will be kind of normal and it will give the guys a boost.”