Premier English pacer has hinted that he might not play all five Tests in the upcoming Ashes 2023. He said that he’s likely to play three games as his body needs rest and he needs to take game by game.
James Anderson to play a crucial role in the Ashes 2023
The greatest rivalry in cricket is back. Ashes 2023 is just around the corner and the two biggest rivals England and Australia will be up against each other in the five-match Test series. The first match will begin from 16th June in Edgbaston, which will be followed by the second game on 28th June at Lord’s.
The third game will be played on July 6th in Leeds whereas the last two games are slated to take place on July 19th and July 27th on Manchester and the Oval respectively.
It’s fair to say that James Anderson will be extremely crucial to England’s chances in the series. He over the years has done many unimaginable things and is expected to turn the tables around this time too. He has been ageing like a fine wine and is taking wickets for fun.
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James Anderson has been carrying the load of England’s bowling lineup for quite a while. His on-field record speaks for itself as he is the leading wicket-taker in the test bowler for fast bowlers 685 wickets to his name. Apart from this, he has taken 32 five-wicket hauls and 3 ten-wicket hauls in the longest format of the game.
“I think playing all five is a little bit optimistic. I think three,” says James Anderson
James Anderson however said that he isn’t sure about playing five matches in the Ashes. He said that for now he has targeted 3 games and will take it game by game. Speaking to British media, he said:
“I think playing all five is a little bit optimistic. I think three, not just for myself – if you said to any of the bowlers three out of five, I think that’s probably more realistic, more sensible. If it’s four then great. The thing is, you’ve got to take it game by game.
“If we’re bowling 250 overs in the field in five days then you’re probably going to rest. There could be rain, we could bowl them out cheaply. You just don’t know, you’ve got to play it by ear.”
James Anderson will be next seen in action when England will take on Ireland in the one-off Test from 1st June.