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Anderson all geared-up for the third Test

James Anderson is geared up for England’s third Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham despite a drop in Pace.

England lost the first Investec Test against Pakistan at Lord’s by 75 runs in the match where Anderson and Ben Stokes were ruled out due to injury. With his return in the second Test at Old Trafford, England were able to outclass the tourists with a good margin. Anderson unleashed his true colours in the match and showed the world that age or injury can’t affect his performance.

The English star recently turned 34-year-old and displayed brilliant control over the ball. However, his average bowling speed of 81 mph diminished after his return from injury. Anderson stressed that he was rusty in the match in Manchester and will produce more pace in Birmingham. The English bowler did admit that he might need to relly on his other skills in order to steal the show.

The English veteran highlighted that even if his speed reduces, his other attributes will cover up for it. He also said that his experience will help him stay one step ahead of the team’s opponents.

Anderson reflected in an interview, “I didn’t feel like my speeds in Manchester were where they could be. I felt a bit like Matthew Hoggard at the end of his career when he slowed down a bit but his control was pretty good. With the skills I have, I can do a job even if my speeds did drop. With experience you can stay one step ahead in your head. It is like an old defender in football who might not have the pace of a quick striker but he’s two steps ahead of him upstairs.”

The English star bowler has been hit with several injury blows this season. He suffered side strain during Birmingham Ashes a year ago. Anderson later picked up calf injury and was ruled out of the first Test against South Africa. He recently missed the Test at Lord’s due to a shoulder injury.

However, Anderson was back to his best after the tour of South Africa as he collected 21 wickets from three Tests against Sri Lanka with an amazing average of 10.80. He currently stands at number two in the ICC Test bowling rankings behind Ravichandran Ashwin.

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