James Anderson could not play in the last two test matches

James Anderson could not play in the last two test matches of the Ashes series 2015, but, he played a very important part in England’s campaign of regaining the urn.

He had gone wicket-less in the Lord’s test match and England had been thrashed by more than 400 runs.

The series had been squared up and the momentum was against the Three Lions.

The pressure was enormous on England and it was more so on Anderson as there had been a lot of talks about him losing his competitive edge and perhaps not being as potent a threat for the opposition teams as he once used to be.

But, he showed the strength of his character coming to Edgbaston where he absolutely tore apart the Kangaroo batting line up on the first day on a green surface.

He is basically a swing bowler, Anderson, but, that day, he relied more on seam movements. He put the ball up on good lengths consistently and got it moving both ways.

With the help of his 6 wickets, England bowled Australia out for just 130 odd and that test match was going to go just one way from there.

Anderson though did not get too many wickets in the second innings as he suffered a side strain bowling to Mitchell Johnson and immediately decided to go off the ground to make sure no further damage had been done. Read more »


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James Anderson didnt bowled attacking Line this WC

James Anderson is bowling just a little bit defensively in the ongoing World Cup and that is so unlike him. He always tends to put the ball right up there and gives it a chance to swing, but, on the pitches of Australia and New Zealand, he is surprisingly bowling back of the length stuff and that too regularly.

However, to be fair to him, he has had two very attacking batting line ups to contend with in the first two games.

At the Melbourne Cricket Ground where England began their tournament, Anderson was up against Finch and Warner and they were coming after him. Anything pitched and there was a real danger of it being smashed right over the bowler’s head.

And, the situation was not that different in the second game either which was versus New Zealand. It was Brendan McCullum wanting a piece of the English bowlers there in that game.

So, the approach of the opposition batsmen might have forced Anderson to drag his length a little bit, but, doing so, he is making himself less effective as a bowler because he is most potent when he swings the ball.

Anderson is not going to put that much affect hitting the deck as he has not got a lot of pace and also, his action is not a high arm one. Read more »

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