James Anderson comments on Seam Covering

James Anderson has disclosed that when a bowler covers the red cherry with his hands trying not to let the batter see the ball while he was running in, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is reversing.


At times, it is faked as well with the purpose of fooling the batter and make him believe that reverse swing has come to the picture.

Anderson says the guy who does that drama expertly is Stuart Broad as he often pretends to be keeping the ball away from batsman’s sight when there’s no need of that. In Anderson’s opinion, that’s not a bad way to deceive your opposition when there is not too much on offer from the conditions.

In the past decades, the bowlers were not bothered about covering the ball at all while executing reverse, but, after the ploy of the batting pairs to help each other recognize the direction of the swing of the ball in which the batter who was at the bowling end would give a hint to his colleague about that, the modern bowlers came up with this plan of keeping the whole of the ball inside the hand so that nobody could have an eye on it before it was let out of the hands, not even the non-striking batter.

It was Z Khan, the Southpaw pace man from India, who had started this method of ball-covering. He had started it during his second England visit nine years back in which he had emerged as a star, taking wickets in bunches. As per Anderson, playing in that series, he took a leaf from Khan and realized that if he could do it like his counterpart in the other team had been doing, he could also be successful in rattling the oppositions.