James Anderson On Track To Play Against India

James Anderson, the England champion is getting fitter since the beginning of 5-match Test series against India after his return from a shoulder injury. Anderson, the leading wicket taker of England in Test series after achieving 540 calps in around 38 games was out of sight since June for medical reasons. However, he is now all prepared to come back in 15th July in Lancashire. He would be playing a 1st class fixture for his country against Yorkshire starting from 22nd July and soon after the first test against India would take place in Birmingham on 1st August.

Anderson had spent the previous month in getting his shoulder fixed which was injured. Before playing against India in 1st August, he would take part in the County Championship Division One match at Lancashire against Yorkshire.
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James Anderson on Second Test Pitch

James Anderson reckons that the surface for the second test at Leeds is pacer friendly, but, the waywardness of the English pacers made it possible for West Indies to score as many runs as they did on Day 2.

As per Anderson, if the surface is helpful, it doesn’t mean it will do everything itself. The ball still has to be delivered in the correct places to dismiss the batsmen.

Whatever sort of wicket it may be, if the lengths and lines of the deliveries are wayward and the pressure is not built from both sides, the batsmen’s job becomes easy.

While there was good bowling in patches from England on Day 2, there was never a period where the bowlers made the batsmen feel the pressure consistently. The partnership among the bowlers was just not there.

Whenever there was a good over, it was followed by a pretty ordinary over where the batsmen got loose balls to score and the pressure got off them. Read more »


James Anderson has declared that HaseebHameed is better than Alastair Cook.

Anderson rated the 20-year old rising sensation above England’s highest Test run scorer.

Hameed has built quite a reputation for himself in such a short time in the international scene. He scored two half centuries in three Tests against India, despite scoring the second with a badly broken finger. The injury ended his tour and he requires a scan on another hand injury but he is expected to play in the Lancashire County Championship this season. He is play alongside Anderson on Friday at the Championship against Essex but Cook would be missing as he is sidelined.

“His ability and his talent is frightening for such a young lad, so I think he’ll cope with anything. He’s right up there,” Anderson opined. Read more »

Anderson: Hameed better than Cook

Alastair Cook may be the only England Cricketer to have a total tally of test runs in five figures, but James Anderson (a team-mate of his throughout his career) reckons that the technique of the left hander is not as good as that of the teenager Haseeb Hameed.

Anderson says the calibre that Hameed possesses for somebody who is less than twenty years old, it’s almost scary. The veteran pacer backs Hameed to come good in Australia despite the fact that he will have to face a lot of hostility when he flies there this summer. Read more »

James Anderson considers Bowlers to be Better Captain

James Anderson is not a supporter of the theory that it’s only the batsmen who can make great captains and not the bowlers.

Anderson says he can give examples of a lot of individuals who were specialists with the ball, but, absolutely excelled leading their respective sides whenever they had the opportunity. So, it surprises him that people are reluctant to put a bowler in charge of a team.

Anderson’s fast bowling partner Stuart Broad is someone whom the ECB has always seen as a leader.

Broad has had the privilege of leading England in a couple of ICC events in White-ball Cricket and even recently, he was in the frame for the post of England’s test captain which was vacant. He, however, didn’t get it at the end and it went to Joe Root.

Surprisingly Anderson, despite being a senior bowler than Broad, was not thought of as a possible option as test captain. His name was not there doing the rounds. Read more »


In his first Test cricket appearance in England, Virat Kohli had struggled against the moving ball, while James Anderson was the better of the duo.

However, Kohli went home and worked hard on his technique, thus pushing him up the ladder, to become the best batman in the cricket world and across all three formats of the game.

This was made manifest in the recent 5-match Test series between India and England as Kohli made history as the leading run-scorer of the series, before going on to claim his third double centuries so far in this year.

This series has seen Kohli score more than 600 runs yet, with an average more than 100. For James Anderson, who is England’s fast bowler, we are yet to see any spectacular performance from him in the series so far, thus meaning that between the duo, the Indian skipper is the clear winner.

And when asked about what he felt from the performance of the Indian Test Captain in the series, after Kohli’s double hundred at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, during the first innings, Anderson declined praising his skills, but was quick to point out some of his flaws in his technique. Read more »