James Anderson still lacking confidence

James Anderson, England’s would-be new-ball bowler, is still struggling. He’s lost pace (he was genuinely quick – 92mph+ – only 18 months ago) and, crucially, lost his outswinger. England have put a lot of time and patience into him but I really feel he ought to have some time off, go to the Academy in a year’s time and progress from there. Ever since they fiddled with his action (albeit necessary modifications), he’s lost the magic which he displayed. Again today he conceded 50 runs in his 10 overs; against Zimbabwe, he ought to have conceded 40 at the very most, and taken at least 2 wickets.

He is too young and too talented to destroy yet – please, England, treat him carefully…

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