England veteran bowler James Anderson expressed his desire to play alongside his partner Stuart Broad and feels that he might have played his last match together with Broad. James Anderson and Broad have taken more than 1100 wickets together and have been one of the most destructive pair of bowling for a long time.
However, the last two years haven’t been great together for them as they have played only nine Tests as a bowling pair.
Due to the mental issues related to quarantine and bio bubble, England has rotated their players in the three formats and the latest victims of the rotation policy have been Broad and Anderson who always cherished bowling together. In the recent tour of Sri Lanka, Broad and James Anderson played in alternate Tests and did not play together which was a sign of England preferring one of the two veteran bowlers.
I Love Bowling With Stuart – James Anderson
James Anderson admitted that he relishes bowling with his partner Broad and also felt that they might not be able to bowl together with the scheme of things right now. He hoped to play alongside Broad where the two could use their experience. He wished that the two bowlers could be used in tandem in the upcoming Ashes test series this year. Anderson and Broad have maintained their fitness levels at their best despite the age running ahead.
“I love bowling with Stuart but It has definitely crossed our minds [that they have played their last Test together]. I just hope there will be times in a crucial match when they will need our experience. All we can do is try to stay in the best shape possible and if we do get the nod together next summer or in the back end of the year do our best for the team,” said James Anderson.
We Have A Lot To Choose From – James Anderson
James Anderson mentioned the pace lineup that England could be heading within the pink ball test and told that they have plenty of options to choose from. He lauded Olly Pope’s performance in the second test, while Mark Wood is back in the squad after missing out on the first two Tests. Jofra Archer missed out on the second test due to injury, and if he recovers in time, England will have a task cut out in choosing their quickies.
“It’s another tricky one to predict. We have so many good fast bowlers in our group now. Olly Stoke was brilliant in the second Test, Mark Wood is back out here and if Jofra Archer is fit too we have a lot to choose from.
“I don’t think I’m being shielded. It’s a case of trying to stay fit as long as possible and England not bowling anyone into the dirt until they break. The best way to get your best players firing as long as possible is to give them a little rest every now and then,” James Anderson maintained.
The 38-year-old produced one of the best spells of reverse swing bowling in the first Test which was vital to England‘s victory.