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Anderson Will Not Get A Breather

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.