England strength and conditioning coach Rob Ahmun has echoed on James Anderson’s statement on the speedster’s career extension by a year or two. One of the few silver linings of the forced break on cricket imposed due to the COVID-19 outbreak since March is that players could see themselves play for a few extra years. The hiatus from the field has also allowed cricketers to finetune their mental health, physical health, and spending time with their families, which they hardly find it.
James Anderson, who is one of the injury-prone bowlers, would return to the field in the upcoming three-Test series against West Indies. The veteran paceman is amongst the group of 55 players asked by the England Cricket Board (ECB) to resume training ahead of the much-awaited leg. He has been training in the nets while adhering to safety and social distancing norms.
Rob Ahmun conceded that he has been in close contact with Anderson through the current duration. For a 37-year old international bowler to recover from a serious calf-injury last year is tremendous progress. Ahmun commended the hard work and willingness that he puts into the training along with the level of preparation that he resorts to before any game.
“I’ve been in pretty close contact with Jimmy all the way through this. Even from the calf injury last year he’s actually improved his physical capacities all across the board, which for a 37-year-old international bowler to do is fantastic,” ” Rob Ahmun stated as quoted by Times of India.
“Again, it’s just testament to the level of preparation and hard work that he actually puts into his physical training. He understands that if he doesn’t do that, that he’ll probably not get onto the park. So for him the physical stuff is a vital part of his day-to-day match preparation,” Rob added.
We took a lot of learnings away from the James Anderson experience last: James Anderson
England’s leading wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs and mainstay in the former since more than a decade suffered a calf injury in the first Ashes Test last year that ruled him out of the series. James Anderson also returned home from the tour of South Africa after the second Test, sustaining a rib fracture. Hence, Ahmun remarked that it was a massive learning curve for them.
“We took a lot of learnings away from the James Anderson experience last year, to be honest, and part of that was the competitive cricket that the players need to be exposed to before they go back to performing on the highest stage.” Ahmun added.