James Anderson believes the retirement of Ryan Harris ahead of the Ashes series has given a big advantage to England as he was a bowler who could have a very large say in English conditions.
However, Anderson is a little sad that Harris’ career finished that way.
In Anderson’s words, “Ryan has been as effective as anyone when the ball swings. So, obviously not having to face him is something which we would not mind, but, obviously, as a bowler you feel bad when you see one of your fellows going out of the game in that manner.”
The Ashes series is starting this Wednesday with the first game scheduled to take place in the capital of Wales i.e. Cardiff.
Wales has hosted some interesting Ashes action in the past. None would have forgotten that test match in the 2009 Ashes series when England had been pushed on the verge of defeat, but, to be saved by the last pair eventually.
Anderson was a part of that pair and he had dug in deep to ensure England did not go one down to start that series.
The Lancashire man fondly remembers that test match. Read more »
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 »
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 »