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News - 18th November 2013

Anderson Predicts Bowling Battle

Anderson Predicts Bowling Battle

JAMES ANDERSON believes England will have a tough decision to make in the bowling department ahead of Thursday's first Ashes Test at the Gabba.

The Lancashire bowler and Notts all-rounder Stuart Broad will be the main seam options for Andy Flower’s men as they bid to get the campaign off to a winning start.

But with Chris Tremlett, Boyd Rankin and Steven Finn all vying for the third seamer’s slot, Anderson expects some fierce competition in the nets over the next couple of days.

Speaking to ecb.co.uk, he said: “I think all of them, the bowling group as a whole, have got better as the tour has gone on.

“I think there was some rustiness (in the first warm-up match) at Perth. Certainly, I felt that as well.

“But as the preparation has gone on, we’ve all started to find some rhythm. I think it could be quite a tricky decision for the selectors.”

He added: “Our strategy as a bowling group is to create pressure, and take wickets (that way).

“That's crucial not just for the third seamer but all three and the spinner to do. That’s our goal.

We want to create pressure and have to take 20 wickets. Whoever plays will be selected to do that.”
 

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