Anderson discloses why he didn’t bowl inswingers in the early part of his career
James Anderson has been one of the important parts of England cricket history. The veteran fast bowler has been actively playing the purest form of the game. He is known for his incredible ability to move the ball both ways with absolutely minimal changes in wrist and seam position.
He is widely recognised as ‘king of swing’. Nonetheless, that was never always the case with the pacer as he himself disclosed that it took him nearly 5 long years to perfect the art of inswing. He took 616 wickets in the longest format of the game, which is more than any other pacer.
I kept inswingers hidden for a long time: James Anderson
Anderson took 269 wickets in ODIs and 18 wickets in T20Is. The 38-year-old pacer revealed why he didn’t deliver inswingers in the starting phase of his career. He kept it hidden for a long time because of his lack of control over inswingers.
“The inswinger took probably the best part of five years to get to where I felt confident to bowl it in a Test match. It took so much practice to get that right. Certainly, in the early part of my career, I had some quite intimidating captains!
And I didn’t want to let them down by bowling a bad inswinger down the legside, so I kept it hidden for a long time,” Anderson said in a candid chat on Sky Sports with former captain Nasser Hussain.
The 38-year-old has perfected the art of swing bowling and is now comfortable experimenting with various things on the field. “Fortunately now, having put that work in, I really enjoy playing around with my skills when I’m out in the middle.”
Recently, the experienced pacer surpassed Alastair Cook to become the English player with the most Test appearances. The pacer is currently in action at Edgbaston in Birmingham in the second Test against New Zealand.
The 38-year-old cricketer also added that Alastair Cook congratulated him on his achievement last night. “He rang me last night to congratulate me. It’s incredible to go past someone like him, who I look up to so much and have so much respect for. We’ve been close mates for many years and it’s just a shame he’s not here to share the experience with.”