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Monday, June 07, 2010


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I thought Anderson's spell of 8 overs for 10 runs on the second day when he kept Tamim quiet by getting it to reverse and got him out was perhaps the turning point of the match and that effort wasn't under cloudy conditons.

He also bowled well to Kayes with the new ball on the second day but only when he went around the wicket did he look ordinary. So you're perhaps a bit unfair on Anderson as I thought he bowled well especially to Tamim with the old ball.

The Reverse Sweep

True. But other than yesterday, he bowled woefully with the new ball at the start of the innings each time this series. Given that is his main job, it was a disappointing 'series' for Anderson, which isn't shown in his overall figures. If England give Australia those sorts of starts, they will be in big trouble. That said, it was good to see Jimmy get some reverse, which may mean that he has more than one string to his bow.


As I said he didn't bowl well with the new ball at OT only when he went around the wicket to Tamim but I can remember him beating Kayes at least four times in a single over on the second day with the new ball or did I see some other match?


I would actually say Finn got some cheap wickets yesterday as the tailenders looked to slog him but Anderson did the damage upfront.

The Reverse Sweep

Anderson bowled really well yesterday and getting Tamim early was key.


I see that it was the ninth over of the match when he beat Kayes four times in a over and he perhaps would have got Ashraful out too but he kept playing outside the line of the off stump.

Anderson's figures on the second day was fourteen overs, 45 runs and one wicket which perhaps shows that he may not have been great but at the same time bowled reasonably well.

The Reverse Sweep

True, Anderson bowled much better in his second spell in the first innings. My criticism is more that he has wasted the new ball in three out of the four innings in this series. It could be down to a bit of rustiness having being first injured and then a spectator in the Caribbean. But don't get me wrong, I think Anderson is a very good bowler when conditions suit swing.


Most fast bowlers seem to fall in love with bowling short of a length with the new ball. Anderson would be close to unplayable if he pitched the ball up on a consistent basis. I can't think of any other bowler in world cricket who is able to swing the ball either way with such good seam position. Even Steyn isn't able to bring the ball in and relies mostly on his outswinger. Ofcourse he's a bit quicker and a lot more accurate.

Saker needs to impress upon Anderson the need to bowl a length that gets the batsmen driving. They say the ball doesn't swing as much in Australia. It's bullshit. I saw RP Singh and Irfan Pathan swing it a long way in 07-08. I'm sure Anderson can get it to move too.

The Reverse Sweep

I hope for England's sake you are right. As you say at his best, Anderson can be unplayable. That's what makes us England fans so frustrated with his habit of blowing very hot or very cold

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