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The global pandemic has offered an extended break to cricketers, who rarely got such a break from their cricket schedule. Players have agreed that the hiatus has given them time to work on their body physically and mentally. England’s premier pacer James Anderson has also marked the positive outcome for him from the lengthy halt due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Jame Anderson was seen in action during the practice session at the Old Trafford in Manchester. His name was listed in the list of 55 players, who would go through individual training sessions, to prepare for the upcoming series against West Indies and Pakistan.
After the training session, Anderson was inquired how the extended break would affect his game. The 37-year-old feels that the ongoing break could add a couple of years to his already illustrious career. He also said that he really enjoyed being back in the middle and bowling in nets with fewer people around.
The break could just add on a year or two at the end of my career. I’ve really enjoyed being back; and as odd as it is just bowling into a net with not many people around, it’s still nice to be back and playing cricket.” the 150-Test veteran said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
James Anderson supports artificial crowd noise:
Post-COVID-19 matches would have to be conducted behind closed doors to avoid the spread of the deadly virus. Citing the example of a recent Rugby game, he supports the idea of playing artificial crowd noise at the matches.
“I’ve been watching the rugby league in Australia and I actually thought there was a crowd watching. I thought it worked. It was nice to have that sort of atmosphere even though there was no one there.” he added
The West Indies cricket team would tour England to play the three-match Test series in July. The touring nation would have to follow 14-day quarantine in England, as per the health guidelines.