Veteran English pacer James Anderson claimed in the final week of March that the athletes are going to relish the chance to get back out on the field. On Monday, Anderson energetically resumed training after a long halt imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak. The England Cricket Board (ECB) listed 18 pace bowlers for individual sessions at different cricket grounds.
James Anderson took to Instagram and posted a video of himself. The highest wicket-taker in Test cricket among fast bowlers could be seen sprinting and delivering the ball at the iconic Old Trafford ground in Manchester. James Anderson last played a Test in Cape Town against South Africa this January. He took seven wickets in that match before a broken rib ruled him out of the rest of the series.
The 37-year-old recently opined that their teammates have to motivate each other in the absence of spectators for some time. In a session with Stuart Broad, he also said that playing in empty stadiums would feel like playing county cricket. Anderson is the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket amongst pacers, having taken over Glenn McGrath’s long-standing record in 2018.
Stuart Broad takes a jibe at James Anderson for wearing tight shorts:
By posting his video on Instagram, the veteran swing bowler put a caption as “I’ve missed this place! Slowly easing through the gears but enjoying being back.” Anderson’s new-ball prodigy and partner-in-crime, Stuart Broad commented cheekily on his post “Tight Shorts.” Earlier, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes also resumed training drills, having chosen by the ECB to do the same.
England players commenced training the previous week as the country plans for the return of international cricket. The last flick of international cricket was back in March when Australia took on New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Both West Indies and Pakistan are highly confident of touring England in the upcoming months.