Sledging worked against Australian captain Steve Smith

A fired up Anderson

James Anderson sledged the Aussie skipper pretty well and distracted him successfully on his way to a 5-wicket haul

James Anderson feels he is currently at his best and he has shown us that in the 2nd innings of the 2nd Ashes Test. After Joe Root won the toss in Adelaide and surprisingly chose to bowl first, the bowlers did not quite do justice to his decision. This enabled Australia to pile on a lot of runs.

England also failed with the bat in the 1st innings and gave Australia a huge 215-run lead.

“We did not do ourselves justice in those two innings with the ball and the bat and we wanted to show people what we could do and show we have good characters in this team to get ourselves back into games by fighting hard and playing well,” James said.

After that, the England bowlers were at their best with their senior-most bowler Jimmy Anderson leading the pack.

Swinging and seaming the ball; and squaring up the Aussie batsmen, he picked up his best bowling figures in Australia and his first five-wicket haul here.

Australia was bundled out under 2 sessions scoring just 138 runs.

It was not only the bowling that he was good at in the second innings. While fielding at silly mid on with Steve Smith at the non-striker’s end, he was constantly chatting with the Aussie skipper.

About that, Anderson said, “I think it [the verbals] did work because we got him out quite cheaply. It is about trying to get someone out of their bubble and unsettled, and at that point in time, Steve seemed more interested in chatting to me and Stuart (Broad) than focussing on his job. That is a job well done for us.”

James Anderson on his bowling and possible retirement

At the age where most of the fast bowlers are at their fag ends of their careers, Anderson is feeling the better than he ever felt.

“Everything has clicked. I have felt in a good rhythm all year. I feel like I am bowling as well I have and my body is in as good shape as it ever has been. People keep telling me I am about to finish and retire so I want to show them I still have wickets in me. I have shown that this week and hopefully that can continue for the rest of this trip,” he told reporters after the fourth day’s play.

Continuing, he said, “I absolutely love this game. I have fortunately played for a long time and I am not planning on stopping any time soon. If I keep bowling well and keep myself in good shape, hopefully, I can keep going for a long while.”

Author’s take :

England has certainly not been able to be at their best for long periods of time in both the tests. They have been to middle order collapse and that played into both their losses. Australia hasn’t been playing the best cricket and is there for the taking. England, however, is dealing with problems and have so far been unable to take advantage of Australia’s own frailties.

If England is to win the Ashes, they now have to complete a seemingly impossible task of winning 3 out of the remaining 3 test matches. They need all the help they can get from their frontline pacers, James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

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