Cricket News: England’s pacer James Anderson has opened up on the bouncer barrage he faced from Jasprit Bumrah in the second Test at Lord’s.
Anderson said that it was the first time in his career that he felt that a bowler was not trying to get him out. The Indian pacers led by Bumrah launched a fiery pace attack against Anderson the moment he came out to bat on Day three of the third test. That led to flaring of tempers between players of both the squads for the rest of the match which England won by 151 runs.
Anderson admitted that he got surprised following the feedback about the pitch he had received before he came out to bat. Anderson’s fellow batters had told him that the pitch was slow and Bumrah was not at his quickest.
Speaking on the Tailenders podcast, Anderson said, “I got caught off guard a little bit because all the batters coming in were saying how slow the pitch was,” said Anderson. “Banged in short; it was really slow. When I came out to bat, Joe said Bumrah was not bowling as quickly as he normally does. And then, the first ball was 90 miles an hour and on the money, wasn’t it? And it felt like, I haven’t felt like this ever in my career. I felt he wasn’t trying to get me out.”
Anderson also highlighted the long over that Jasprit Bowled that involved multiple balls as he struggled heard to survive that spell.
“I felt he wasn’t trying to get me out. He bowled an over, maybe 10, 11, 12 balls. He was bowling no-ball after no-ball, bowling short. I think he bowled two on the stumps which I managed to dig out. So for me, it was just about trying to survive that and get Joe back on strike.”
England employed the short ball ploy against Bumrah & Shami on day 5 of India vs England Lord’s test. However, the duo very well survived the outburst & stitched a match-winning partnership for India. James Anderson feels that England took the emotion out and tried to focus on dismissing India cheaply during the visitors’ second innings.
“Potentially the emotion can get the better of you at times. But, I thought the way we bowled in the second innings was pretty much the opposite. We took the emotion out of it. We just focused on the process of bowling them out, keeping the runs down.”
After having a competitive first four days of play, England was outplayed by India on the final day losing the second test by 151 runs. The two teams will meet at Headingley, Leeds for the third Test, which starts on Wednesday.
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