No rest for record-breaker Anderson


Published: Saturday 18th April 2015 by The News Editor

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England’s leading Test wicket-taker will be back on duty in the second Test against West Indies after coach Peter Moores brushed aside talk of a rest for James Anderson.

Anderson took four wickets in the series opener to move past Sir Ian Botham and set a new record of 384 victims.

But it was far from easy going, Anderson toiling through just under 48 overs for his spoils.

At 32 he is reaching the stage where a fast bowler’s body begins to rebel, particularly during back to back Tests.

But Moores confirmed that when England walk out at Grenada on Tuesday, Anderson will be earning his 101st cap.

“We’re going to look after Jimmy but Jimmy loves to play,” he said.

“Our main focus is the next Test match and Jimmy will be in that.

“One thing that’s made him such a great bowler is his hunger to get better every day. He wants to master his craft and he’s desperately keen to build on the wickets he took in the last Test.

“Top flight sport is top flight sport; you can’t wrap people in cotton wool.

“Jimmy is a better bowler when he bowls, because he works on skill and feel.

“We have to be realistic, we can’t absolutely nail our players but they’re fit and they’re strong and there are breaks.”

Published: Saturday 18th April 2015 by The News Editor

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