James Anderson hints he might miss few Tests – James Anderson, England’s premier pace bowler reckons that he cannot play every test to remain at the peak of his powers and stay in form all the time. Anderson, ranks sixth in the all time wicket-taker’s table with 463 scalps and has been selected for a busy schedule in Bangladesh and India.
The English cricket team’s calendar is itself strained and Captain Alastair Cook would want his best bowler to be fit. England take on India for a five-match Test series after their Bangladesh assignment.
“It’s a tough one because as a player if you’re fit you want to play, simple as that, no matter what the format you’re desperate to play,” Anderson said on Wednesday (September 21).
At 34, without retirement in sight Anderson feels that it’s time he manages himself quite well. He says like every player he wants to play every match if possible but five consecutive matches in India is a tough task for any bowler.
“We’re in constant discussion with the captain, coach and medical staff about the best scenario. We’ve got good backroom staff who are very switched on and it will be managed well.
“You take it game by game you can’t say now ‘I’ll miss the second Test of five’, because you might bowl 15 overs in the first game. So you be a bit sensible and there will probably come a point where we try to look and maybe I’ve got to sit out,” he added.
Even though Anderson may sit out a few, England has couple of players up its sleeve to fill in their shoes. Quality players like Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes, can maintain the razor sharp pace attack which outline’s Anderson’s or Stuart Broad’s bowling.
“We’re fortunate now, with Stokesy and Mo, it looks after the seamers. That’s a real bonus for us because it has been difficult in India when we’ve had just two seamers and two spinners.” said the Lancasterian.