James Anderson Online video Rating: 5 / five
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 »
James Anderson Online video Score: 4 / five
England was completely dismantled by New Zealand earlier today in Wellington as the host side raced to an 8-wicket win in no time to inch closer to the Round of 8.
This is no surprise though. The Kiwis are a better team than England in limited over Cricket and thus, were always the favourite to win this content on their home turf.
But, because of England’s decent seam bowling attack, it was believed that they would make New Zealand work hard in those conditions.
That did not turn out to be the reality though. England was not in the game for a single second.
First Tim Southee swung them out on just 120 odd and then, Brendan McCullum’s madness made sure that it was another embarrassing day on the ground for the Poms.
It all happened so quickly that the floodlights there at the stadium remained unused. Read more »