JIMMY ANDERSON will be asked to reveal some of his secrets… by the world’s best bowler.
AndersonHis amazing spin and longevity – he was playing the 167th Test more than 18 years after his debut – caught the eye of Pat Cummins.
Cummins, 28, admits: “I don’t really understand him about bowling yet but I like it very much.
“Jimmy is amazing – over 150 test matches and top catcher for England.
“The longevity is really impressive. You can get injuries and handicaps as a fast pitcher and he has been doing it non-stop for nearly two decades.
“It just shows you can bowling in your late 30s and still be on top of your game. He brings experience and class to them and is always a challenge.”
As he gets older, Anderson, now 39, is more than happy to share his knowledge and help the next generation of fast pitchers.
Usually, it’s England performers such as Ollie Robinson, who have been impressive in Test Cricket since their debut last summer.
Anderson can guide on the field or behind the scenes when he’s not playing, like after he’s been dropped Failed the first test in Brisbane.
He explained: “I guess my job as a senior player is to try to help as much as possible, whether I play or not.
“It was difficult on this tour because of the lack of preparation before the Tests started. So every bit of knowledge we can pass on to people who haven’t played here before is very important.
“Myself, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler – experienced people – that’s what we’re trying to do.
“So someone like Ollie is a quality bowler. He’s really impressed, not only in the games he’s played in but also when he’s been around the group for the last year or so.
“He has a lot of skill – he’s precise and he can swing a ball, that’s all you need. His bowling is suitable for any condition.
“It’s nice to hear Australians say nice things about me but I’m sure they won’t say too many nice things this week!”
Anderson accepts that he will not be competing in every Test these days as England continue to rest and rotate pitchers during these Covid times. He will likely play three of the five games in this series.
He explained: “It is always frustrating to miss playing in a Test – but it’s about the bigger picture.
“We have five Tests in a row pretty fast, and we’re just trying to keep the tests fresh.
“It’s something I’m used to but when the captain wants me, I try to be ready.”
Durham’s runner Mark Wood, in turn, was rested for the Second Test.
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He bowled regularly at more than 90mph during the Brisbane First Test and some Australian pitchers didn’t fancy his speed.
Team Captain Joe Root explained: “With four Tests in four weeks, it was important for us to keep our bowling team fresh.
“Mark is going to play an important role in this series, so we have to make sure he stays fresh and able to show his full potential.”
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