James Anderson Looks At The Broader Picture Regarding Rotation In Hectic Schedule
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James Anderson Looks At The Broader Picture Regarding Rotation In Hectic Schedule

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

James Anderson, veteran pacer of England urged experts criticizing the much-debated rotation policy to look at the “bigger picture”, considering the massive amount of cricket to be played by the England team in the coming days.

England did not play Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood in the first two Tests but have brought them back for the final two Tests as a part of rotation policy while first-choice keeper Jos Buttler is back home after the opening Test to help players cope up with life inside the bio-bubble.

James Anderson became the fourth bowler in history to reach 600 Test wickets (PA)
James Anderson became the fourth bowler in history to reach 600 Test wickets (PA)

James Anderson Feeling Good And Fresh Supporting Rotation Policy

Former players, especially former England international batsman Kevin Pietersen, have criticized ECB’s thought process, saying they must play their best players in a big series like the ongoing one against India.

“You have got to try and look at the bigger picture. The idea was if I missed that one, that would give me the best chance of being fit and firing for the pink-ball Test,” Anderson was quoted as saying by the ‘Guardian’.

“I am feeling good and fresh and ready to go again if called upon. It’s frustrating to an extent but I can see the bigger picture with the amount of cricket that we have got.”

James Anderson, Stuart Broad (Credits : Twitter)
James Anderson, Stuart Broad (Credits: Twitter)

To further his argument, James Anderson cited injuries he had to endure in the last two years when he missed matches in the 2019 Ashes series and also could not play two Tests against South Africa.

“It’s the same for all bowlers, not just me. We’ve got 17 Test matches this year and the best way of getting your best players firing for as many of those as possible is to take little rests every now and then. It’s not a case of shielding, it’s just a case of trying to make sure you’re not wearing someone out until they completely break in half.”

James Anderson, 38, himself played the series-opener where he took five wickets in England’s victory but was rested for the second where India emerged triumphant by a massive 317-run margin.

James Anderson Is Sure That Pitch Would Be Devoid Of Grass On 1st Day Of The Test Match At Ahmedabad

England has called back pacer Mark Wood but James Anderson definitely would not mind bowling in tandem with Stuart Broad.

“That has definitely crossed my mind. Ideally, we would get into a position where there will be times – a crucial game potentially – when they want the experience thereof both of us and that might get called upon. All we can do is when we get the nod do the best for the team, try and stay in as good shape as possible, stay as fit as possible, and eventually whether it’s in the summer or the back end of the year hopefully we will get the chance to play again together,” he said.

James Anderson is pretty sure that the newly laid track at the Motera Stadium will be devoid of any grass for the upcoming Day/Night Test against India even though there is a nice green cover on it at the moment. The third Test under lights will start from Wednesday and for England’s premier fast bowler, he doesn’t expect it to behave much differently from the second Test track at the Chepauk which India won by 317 runs.

“The pitch, it has got grass on it but I am pretty sure it’s not going to be there when we turn up on the match day,” Anderson said with a wry smile during a virtual conference with British media on Sunday.

England fast bowler Mark Wood Photograph: Ricardo Mazalán/AP
England fast bowler Mark Wood Photograph: Ricardo Mazalán/AP

“So we have to wait and watch. As seam bowlers, we have to be prepared to bowl as best we can in any given condition. If it swings, it’s great and if it does not, we still have a job to do,” Anderson said.

He felt that the pink SG Test ball that he bowled with during the net sessions, swung more than its red counterpart.

“Look this is the second pink Test in India and first in February so we don’t know how it would behave.”

It will be interesting to see the fast bowlers that England picks in their playing 11 in the day-night Test given the fact that the addition of Mark Wood in the squad has only given them too many options to choose from. Stuart Broad went wicketless in the 2nd Test despite bowing 20 overs on a spin-friendly pitch at Chennai.

James Anderson picked 5 wickets averaging a meagre 12.6 in the 1st Test while Jofra Archer picked 3 scalps but missed the 2nd Test with an elbow niggle. Olly Stone picked 4 scalps in the two innings combined in the 2nd Test.

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