ENGLAND are planning to delay James Anderson's Test return and stick with an unchanged team against India in Vizag.

Burnley's Anderson, his country's all-time leading wicket-taker, has done enough in the nets during the first Test in Rajkot since his arrival after recovering from a stress fracture of his shoulder to convince England's medical team he is ready to play this week if needed.

But after England's admirable performance to take the honours in a drawn series opener - one Trevor Bayliss describes as the best in his 18-month tenure as coach - the same XI is set to take the field again on Thursday.

There appears little doubt that the pitch this week will favour spin significantly more than in Rajkot.

England are therefore expected to again deploy three spinners and three seamers, including four all-rounders who will ensure as much batting depth as possible on a surface sure to play to the strengths of the hosts' Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

That means Lancashire pace ace Anderson will have another week to ready himself for his first match in more than three months - the first Test in Mohali - where it remains to be seen whether predictions of conditions to suit the pace bowlers is born out.

Bayliss made clear that the management anticipate retaining the same line-up, having switched only Gary Ballance for Lancashire's debutant opener Haseeb Hameed following a shock defeat to Bangladesh in Dhaka, before arriving in India.

"We did say before Bangladesh that seven Tests in eight weeks would be difficult, and we would change guys, but I'm not envisaging any changes," he said.

England do not need to close the door completely yet on Anderson for the second Test - and with that in mind, Bayliss added: "We will look at Jimmy. He''s coming along pretty well."