England veteran quick James Anderson played the back to back Tests much to the contrary of experts’ speculation that he might not. And James Anderson gave the home side a blistering start in the second Test against Pakistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
The swing bowler plucked Shan Masood only in his second over for a single to hand his side first blood.
Walking in the second Test, James Anderson rubbished retirement rumours. At 38, the Lancashire bowler strongly dismissed the same and vowed to play in the Ashes 2021-22 to be contested in Australia.
Anderson reasonably struggled in the first Test even though he ended up with four wickets at the Old Trafford in a winning effort. Ahead of the second Test, many speculated for the veteran to make way for either Sam Curran or Mark Wood. Instead, Jofra Archer paved the way for Sam Curran.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s openers strode out after Azhar Ali elected to bat first. In the very third over, James Anderson pitched the ball inline as Shan Masood failed to get the bat in the way in time.
As a result, the ball thudded onto the pads and the umpire had no difficulty in raising the finger. However, at the time of writing this, the tourists steered themselves to a safe zone, reaching at 62-1 in 23 overs as rain intervened. The hosts could have had Abid Ali had Dom Sibley and Rory Burns not dropped him.
Below is the clip of James Anderson’s 591st Test wicket:
YES JIMMY! 🙌
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 13, 2020