35-Year-Old Bowler England Nickname: Jimmy
November 12, 2017 James Anderson News
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Anderson snatched three for 12 off 10.1 overs including five maidens in the second innings of England's tour match against the Cricket Australia XI.
Against an order fully bereft of first-choice batsmen, a small bit of gamesmanship by the Aussies as England will be in for a rude awakening when the Ashes begin at Brisbane in less than two weeks with a step-up in quality across the board, Anderson looked sharp in his final tune-up. England's pace attack has been ravaged by injury-to Steve Finn and Stuart Broad plus the continued absence of Ben Stokes-and will need Anderson to carry the form he displayed this summer to carry over, having bowled his best bowled innings in his last Test innings, seven for 42 at Lord's against the West Indies.
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Fantasy AnalysisA low-scoring Test where the pitch gave way to seam and swing bowling was just the conditions Anderson needed to take his 500th Test wicket. Blocked from that chance by an excellent Ben Stokes in the first innings, Anderson took the scalp of Kraigg Brathwaite on the final ball of the third over in fine fashion, toppling the middle stump, a picture English fans would get used to by the end of the innings. With his 500th wicket out of the way, Anderson put on a masterclass in seam bowling, taking wicket after wicket until, standing on six for 42-his previous best bowled innings was seven for 43 at Nottingham in 2008-he bowled out Kemar Roach to both put England in the ascendancy and to put the Windies out of their misery. While Anderson won't be afforded the same kinds of pitches in Australia, his form and fitness thus far have given English fans plenty to cheer about going into the Ashes.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter finding his stride against South Africa, Anderson continued his strong form by taking key wickets in the first innings and, after enforcing the follow-on, was in absolute control in the second, posting a 1.71 economy with a pair of wickets and a pair of maidens in the second innings to allow England to coast to a more-than 200 run victory. He'll look to keep his strong form going in the second Test as they move to Leeds starting on Friday.
Fantasy AnalysisBowling from the James Anderson end, he clearly relished the opportunity to bowl in front of a friendly and raucous crowd. His economy was microscopic (1.14) with as many maiden overs as not. He finished the match at seven for 54 and while he may be running out the clock on his Test career, he turned in a vintage Jimmy performance, taking 20 wickets over the course of the series at an average of 14.10 and an economy of 2.25. He'll look to keep up his good form in the series against the West Indies, beginning on August 17 at Edgbaston.
Fantasy AnalysisPlaying at Old Trafford, the ground with the newly-named James Anderson end, the 35-year-old fast bowler christened his name-sake almost immediately by trapping South Africa opener Dean Elgar for a duck with the third ball of the innings. In the 41st over Anderson struck twice, removing Temba Bavuma and Protea captain Faf du Plessis within three balls of each other. Bavuma departed after leaving a ball that straightened just enough to flick the top of the off stump. Du Plessis was also bowled, though this time off his own inside-edge. He bowled four maidens and finished with the lowest economy with 2.20 runs per over. Anderson is currently sitting second in the most-wickets list for the series with 17, three wickets behind Moeen Ali, and just 16 wickets to become England's first bowler to 500 Test wickets.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson suffered a groin tear in late-May, but has since returned to Lancashire and has been bowling a full slate of overs, taking two for 64 off 32 overs in his last innings and had a four-for against Hampshire in mid-June. The pace bowler will look to bring a victory and some experience (with 122 Test caps to his name) to the first squad captained by Joe Root, who took over for Alastair Cook earlier this year.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson had been bowling excellently through his first five-plus overs of the match, with four maidens and a wicket to his name while conceding just five runs, but pulled up with a groin injury and was unable to proceed. The 34-year-old has 122 Test caps under his belt, but has struggled for fitness of late, missing matches against Bangladesh and India. If fit, he'll be a part of the attack against South Africa, starting at Lord's in July.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson was initially though to be ruled out of the first three Tests, but has been rushed to India with hopes of playing the second Test. England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker joins what is otherwise an unchanged squad from the two-Test series in Bangladesh. The 34-year-old fast bowler hasn't played a competitive match since England lost to Pakistan by 10 wickets in the fourth Test of the series in mid-August.
Fantasy AnalysisCaptain Alastair Cook previously announced that Anderson would miss the first Test of the series, but his shoulder concerns have extended beyond the Nov. 11 beginning of the series. Anderson was not named to the 16-man squad for the five-Test tour and said earlier in October that he was not going to miss the entire trip, but that's looking increasingly likely as his injury takes an increasingly long time to heal.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving previously missed out on England's tour to Bangladesh, it has been confirmed by English captain Alistair Cook that the nations highest wicket-taker in test cricket will mis out on the first test against India. This is due to the stress-fracture in his shoulder. While being physically up to fitness, Anderson has not yet bowled in the nets.
Fantasy AnalysisHe's been sidelined with a sore shoulder since the end of the Pakistan series in August.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter skipper Alastair Cook chose to not force Pakistan to follow-on in order to give Anderson, recently coming back from injury, a bit of a break, it paid dividends in the fifth over when he knocked out Shan Masood for the sixth time in a row. Anderson then picked up the second wicket in the 11th over before grabbing a massive lbw in the 51st to help put one of the final nails in Pakistan's coffin. The talented bowler was sorely missed in the first Test at Lord's and will be instrumental in England's success moving forward in the final two Tests of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson bowled 22 overs for Lancashire in the championship, taking three for 58 off with an innings-high 106 dot balls and seven maidens to his credit. With his shoulder healed, he'll look to build off the success he found against Sri Lanka, where he picked up a 10-for in the first Test of the series on May 19. Anderson will replace Toby Roland-Jones on the squad, while Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid will also join the side after a disappointing defeat in the first Test with Pakistan.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson had only recently bowled in the nets, and "gently" at that. Although he expected to ramp up his pace in advance of the series, his selection for the upcoming Test would have been followed by his first action since June 13 (or day five of the third and final Test of England's completed series with Sri Lanka). In the meantime, he'll continue to rehab from the stress fracture in his right shoulder, with the hope of an appearance in the second Test versus Pakistan from July 22-26.
Fantasy AnalysisIn all likelihood, Anderson won't have any recent match reps under his belt, as he isn't expected to be a part of Lancashire's playing XI on Friday against Worcestershire in the NatWest t20 Blast. The soft throws last week have been accompanied by weights and gym sessions without any setbacks in his right shoulder, which was revealed to have a stress fracture after the last Test against Sri Lanka in mid-June. Prior to the injury, he was in rare form, accruing 21 wickets in the three-game series. No matter that performance, England's selectors have one week to determine whether Anderson is ready for the opening of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisHe'll miss Lancashire's County Championship matches against Middlesex and Nottinghamshire. He's hoping to return for a Test match against Pakistan on July 14, but that looks unlikely.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter picking up five wickets in three of the first four innings of the series, Anderson finished with 21 wickets across the six innings, picking up the final one on a fantastic lbw on Kaushal Silva before rain forced the day to be cut short and the match declared a draw. With an accomplished bowling career with 218 innings under his belt, this was one of his strongest series in recent vintage.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter missing the final two Ashes Tests due to injury, Anderson has declared himself "fully fit" for games against Surrey on Sept. 14 and later versus Essex on Sept. 22. If he fails to make an appearance on the County Cricket stage, though, he should be set for the first Test of the upcoming series against Pakistan, which commences on Oct. 13 in the UAE.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter racking up a six-for in the first innings of the Third Ashes Test, Anderson proceeded to grab another in the second innings but left the pitch for good during his ninth over with discomfort in his side. With absences in the final two Tests, the 33-year-old may have played his last Ashes match, as the next series doesn't take place until the 2017-18 season in Australia. His next chance to play for the national side arrives on Aug. 31 in a one-off T20 against the Aussies.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson was the bane of Australia's existence in the first innings, taking out opener David Warner in the third over, before utterly decimating the middle order in quick succession. In the span of six overs, Anderson sent Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, and Mitchell Johnson to the showers. Anderson's performance in the second innings was just as crisp -- one for 15 off eight overs -- but in his ninth over, he was in noticeable discomfort and left the field, never to return. While he'll miss the Fourth Test (Aug. 6-10), he's aiming to return for the fifth and final one, which commences on Aug. 20.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson went wicket-less for the third time in four innings in this series so far. His seven overs cost 38 runs without a maiden, and he bowled with an economy rate of 5.42. This followed up his poor performance in the first innings, where he went wicket-less after 26 overs whilst conceding 99 runs at a rate of 3.80.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson was heavily involved in England's disastrous World Cup showing, capturing his five wickets every 55.2 balls with a 5.32 economy rate in six games. In the meantime, he's been a fixture in Tests against the Windies and Black Cups, adding 23 scalps to his career tally in five outings in the format. While he's taking a rest from ODIs, national selector James Whitaker mentioned that Anderson hasn't "been ruled out of playing a role for England in limited-overs formats in the future."
Fantasy AnalysisAfter two tournament fixtures, Anderson found himself with no wickets for 104 off 15 overs. However, the seamer got back on track thereafter, posting a 28.20 average and 4.54 economy rate, which are slight improvements upon his career ODI marks (29.22 and 4.92, respectively). His next international appearances commence on Apr. 13 during England's Test series against the West Indies.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson sent Bangladesh's opening batsmen, Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal, to the showers within his first seven deliveries, which could have set the tone for the match. Although fate wasn't looking kindly on England, Anderson bowled economically throughout, racking up 35 dot balls while conceding five fours. After failing to take a wicket in the first two games of the World Cup, the right-arm pacer has responded with four in the past three outings for a 41.00 average and 5.13 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisThrough four World Cup matches, Anderson's form has escaped him, with only two wickets taken for a 91.00 average and undesirable 6.28 economy rate. If he can turn around his fortunes, the pace bowler boasts career marks of 29.31 and 4.93, respectively, in the format.
Fantasy AnalysisWith 303 runs to defend, Anderson took the new ball, induced Calum MacLeod to attack an outswinger in his second over, and notched the first wicket of Scotland's innings. Anderson tallied his second wicket of the game, and tournament, in the death overs, as he attempts to return to the form that saw him nab seven wickets in his first four ODIs of 2015. Despite the dearth of wickets, he'll carry a 4.62 economy rate in the format this year into Sunday's outing against Sri Lanka.
Fantasy AnalysisAnderson's lack of success was circumstantial, as Australia's opening pair, David Warner and Aaron Finch, offered up catchable balls in his first three overs that were instead dropped or whiffed on entirely. The foibles set Finch up for his sixth ODI century, and the opposition's 342 runs meant a likely appearance for Anderson in the crease. Anderson proceeded to bat for the second time in five ODIs this year, recording eight off 11. However, Saturday's elevated run rate didn't afflict his 2015 marks, which now stand at seven wickets taken with a 29.00 average and 4.27 economy rate.