England Cricket team fast bowler James Anderson has hailed his bowling partner Stuart Broad for his new bowling action ahead of the opening Test against Windies commencing from January 23 (Wednesday).
Meanwhile, Broad has used words of wisdom from Sir Richard Hadlee to make technical changes to his action in the hopes of extending his Test career. James Anderson showered heaps of praise on Stuart Broad saying that no one has worked hard more than the pacer since the last Ashes series.
“Since Australia, I’ve not seen anyone work as hard as he [Broad] has on their game,” he acknowledged. “It’s a credit to [Broad], he’s put so many hard yards in, not just on his run-up but on his action, trying to swing the ball away again.
“For me, it’s all about the last six yards, building that momentum up to the crease. He still has the same snap and can definitely have the same oomph. I do think the run-up has looked really good here. It might just get another couple of years out of him. Part of him thinks, ‘Why have I not done this sooner?’,” Anderson added.
England will have to be on their top
In addition to, James Anderson warned his fellow teammates saying that they will have to be on the top of their game to challenge a motivated Windies side in the three-match Test series.
“Whenever we come here, you get the feeling that West Indies really want to beat England,” Anderson said. “It’s something that’s been ingrained in them, especially in the past when England have suffered heavy defeats.
“You can see it in the players’ eyes when you play against them and that means we’ve got to be on top form to be able to try and challenge them. We showed in Sri Lanka we can adapt to any conditions.
Our batters batted better than they did and our spinners out-bowled theirs. We’ve got to do the same again, man for man we’ve got to outplay them. We know we’ve got the talent to do it,” Anderson concluded.
The first of three Tests between England and the Windies will begin in Barbados from January 23.