England head coach Chris Silverwood believes James Anderson is in the “best shape of his life” and won’t be surprised if the 38-year-old continues to lead the team’s rhythm attack even in quarantine.
Anderson blew the Indian stick away with his lethal display of reverse swing on the final day to give England a massive 227 point victory in the opening test here.
“He’s in the best shape of his life. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed, he’s worked extremely hard in his physical form. And he’s in great shape and he’s playing beautifully,” said the England coach at the event. ‘a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
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When asked if Anderson could push him to 40, he replied, “It’s Jimmy’s choice … As long as he’s fit, strong and healthy, and he wants to play, he’ll feel the time for that, won’t he? ” Anderson produced one of the best bowling spells, claiming two key wickets from Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in four bullets to trigger India’s collapse.
Despite the heroic spectacle, the 38-year-old will likely be rested in accordance with the policy of rotating his pacers in England to keep them in shape for the long haul.
“It’s hard (to leave Anderson out), it’s a class act, you’ll have to wait and see … But I’m not reluctant to change the winning team,” Silverwood said ahead of the second test. here from Saturday.
Stuart Board had played in the first test against Sri Lanka while Anderson replaced him in the second in Galle as they shut out the Islanders 2-0 before coming to India.
“Broady didn’t play in the last game and we have a lot of bowlers here that we could play at one point,” said Silverwood.
Anderson may have looked fitter and better than ever, but with the heat and humid conditions offered here and with the busy schedule of the four-game test series, Silverwood said it was the better option.
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“It’s the best thing for the players to do and it’s the best thing for the team and its longevity.
“I mean you run the risk of the opposite outcome being different. But you could play the same team, and the outcome could still be different …
“We know India is going to come back hard. We know that we are a very good team. We have the most respect for that, within our camp. And we know that we are going to prepare well again, we are.” I will have the final exams during the next test match. “” But I’m not reluctant to change it. I think this is the best thing for us to do for a long time, “he said.
Speaking of Anderson’s turning fate, Silverwood said, “Yeah, it blew up the game and for us. It’s pretty remarkable and inspiring to watch that. He came and he got hooked right away. swing and was so precise.
“And it just shows what a class act he really is. It helped us a lot to win this game. For the second one you will have to wait and see … It’s a class act,” he said. about Anderson. performance.
When asked if they were also ready to spin their spinners by bringing in Moeen Ali in place of Dom Bess, he replied, “It’s all on the table. We spin the fast bowlers. If we feel that we have to do that, then we have the options available to spin the spin bowlers as well. ”The off-spinner, who took the prized scalp from Virat Kohli in the early innings en route to a five-wicket game, threw up a flurry of full throws in the fourth innings as his performance plummeted.
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“I’m not worried, to be honest. You know I mean we chatted with him afterwards, he’s always in a good mood and you know everyone has a bad day every now and then.
“I can accept that it’s not for lack of effort or anything. So for me we’re going to net tomorrow, we’ll still work hard, we’ll find a rhythm for him. And he can surely get us. wickets. ”England skipper Joe Root, whose two-century century paved the way for England’s first-round grand total, now has 684 points in three tests. Root looked extremely comfortable on a spin-friendly track and the England coach attributed that to his skillful footwork against the spinners.
“Root’s footwork against the spinners has been excellent – for any aspiring drummer who wants to play spin, he’s given a few master classes over the past month.
“The way he was positive, the way he swept, was great, hence the results that followed,” he said.
The second test will see crowds of up to 15,000 per day at Chepauk, marking the return of spectators to the ground for the first amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Making some noise in the ground again will be fantastic. Some kind of normalcy is going to give the guys a boost and make more buzz. It will be great,” said the head coach.