The English selectors have decided not to rest James Anderson for the One Day International series against India.
With the amount of bowling Anderson had done in the 5-test matches, it was expected that he would be given a breather, but, keeping the World Cup in mind, the selection committee decided to make Anderson play some white-ball games too his summer.
Anderson is definitely not going to be as effective with the white ball as he had been with the red ball during the course of the test series.
The white ball doesn’t provide much swing and doesn’t even carry appropriately after 8-10 overs. Yes, now, there are two white balls being used in the one day games, but, despite that, one can say that Anderson is not that much of a threat for the Indians in the shorter formats.
The full length that Anderson delivers mostly is just ideal for stroke making in limited-over cricket if the conditions are not seriously tough for batting.
However, all the games in the series are day games and that’s something which is good from Anderson’s perspective. If he gets the opportunity to bowl in the morning on moist wickets, he could be really handful in his first spell, but, with the old ball, in the death overs, he would be easier to take on.
The English captain Alastair Cook would probably be better off using Anderson’s full quota in the opening spell only as it’s during that period that the Lancashire man would be the most effective.
With the likes of Steven Finn and Harry Gurney there in the XI, England already has it covered as far as the death bowling is concerned.
The all rounder Ben Stokes can also bowl in the death overs as he bowls heavy balls.
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James Anderson is not happy with the kind of pitch prepared for the first test match between India and England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Generally, the pitch at Trent Bridge is quick and grassy which helps the seam bowlers a lot, but, the pitch for the ongoing test match is very, very slow with the ball barely carrying to the wicketkeeper. Apart from that, there is no grass on the pitch either. It’s a brownish sort of a cricket which is more sub continental in nature than English.
As a result, the Indian batsmen felt very comfortable batting on it on the first day. Murali Vijay, in particular, took the full advantage of it and scored a century in his very first innings in England.
A couple of other Indian batsmen i.e. Cheteshwar Pujara and MS Dhoni had good outings too. All in all, the Indians were on the driving seat when the stumps were taken off by the umpire on the first day.
Talking to the reporters in the press conference in the evening, Anderson said, “Obviously, such decks frustrate you a bit. Everybody wants to see a fair contest, but, at this point of time, the batsmen are having it too easy.”
“We tried to do as well as we could. We were innovative with our plans and field placements and if we were lucky, we could have them 5 or 6 down today. A couple of edges didn’t carry to the slips, but, that’s the way game goes.”
When asked if he thinks this pitch would become spinner friendly later on, Anderson said, “Well, I don’t think there would be much in it for the spinners tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. But, yes, from the fourth day onwards, there might be some turn.”
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