England tour of India 2021: Former cricketer Graeme Swann has said that ace pacer James Anderson would be key for the visitors in the upcoming Pink Ball Test in Ahmedabad.
England pacer James Anderson. (Reuters Photo)
- James Anderson was rested in the 2nd Test against India
- I’m full of optimism going into this game, mainly due to Jimmy coming back: Swann
- Jimmy doesn’t get fatigued when he’s bowling like this: Swann
James Anderson, 38, was rested for the 2nd Test in Chennai against India and England lost the game by 317 runs. Joe Root’s England, who had won the opening Test by 227 runs, saw the hosts levelling the four-match series 1-1 after the second Test.
For England to qualify to the World Test Championship final at home, they need to win both matches. India, on the other hand, cannot lose another game in the series. Former England cricketer Graeme Swann believes that James Anderson could be the key for the visitors in the 3rd Test, a Day Night fixture, in Ahmedabad.
“I believe this series is absolutely on a knife-edge. It is a brilliant place for England to be, and they’ve got a great chance to go ahead once more. I’m full of optimism going into this game, mainly due to Jimmy coming back. He was irrepressible in the first match, and he just keeps defying the odds and gets better and better,” said Swann.
“I do wonder though, Jimmy is coming to the back end of his career and he is bowling better than ever before. What are we shielding him for? Jimmy doesn’t get fatigued when he’s bowling like this. He is the kingpin of the attack. You build an attack around him. I can’t wait to see him go again.
“What his plan is for the Ashes later in the year I don’t know, but I can’t see any reason why you wouldn’t have him first name on the team sheet, before Joe Root.”
The third Test match between India and England, to be played at the new Motera Stadium, and is scheduled to begin on February 24.