As much as the cricketers are raring to take the field and play amid the extended break from the sport, they are starting to see the benefits out of it. England veteran fast bowler James Anderson is one of the cricketers who witnesses the upside out of the lengthy halt due to COVID-19 outbreak. Anderson was one of the bowlers to resume training recently as he rolled his golden arm at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
All the cricketing events stand suspended for now with the last instance of international cricket taking place in March. Australia and New Zealand were the last two teams to have played at the highest level when the Trans-Tasman rivals squared off at the SCG in a One-day international.
The English side were all prepared to take on Sri Lanka in March in a two-Test series before the England Cricket Board (ECB) and Sri Lanka Cricket Board postponed it.
The ECB announced a list that contained 55 players, featuring the likes of James Anderson, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, and Mark Wood and many more. The country’s top players have been asked to resume training as ECB plans to host West Indies and Pakistan in the upcoming months. Meanwhile, Anderson feels that the ongoing break could add a couple of years to his already illustrious career. The Lancashire pacer said that he feels good to be back, bowling in the nets around a few people.
“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 wants crowd noise to be injected in empty stadiums to improve the atmosphere:
Even as the cricketing brains work relentlessly to resume the sport, cricket has to take place without spectators for the time being. While watching a Rugby game held in Australia, Anderson felt a crowd was present even though there wasn’t. The veteran swing bowler has batted for virtual crowd noise to be implemented to make the atmosphere exciting.
“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.