Jimmy Anderson, or ‘The King of Swing’ as he is popularly known, an English cricketer, made his Test debut on the 22nd of May, 2003 against Zimbabwe on his home field. Born on 30th June 1982, in Burley, Lancashire, England; he has a strong command on swing bowling. He is a right-arm fast bowler and a left –handed batsman. He is the first bowler in England’s history to take 400 Test wickets!
At the start of his career, he only played three one-day games for Lancashire but later when he was hurried into England’s one-day squad in Australia in the year 2002-03 as a replacement. He bowled a remarkable ten-over spell in Adelaide, which earned them a spot in the World Cup. He has shown extreme creativity with his bowling style at many points of his career; which is a good indication for England. He has been great for his team, particularly in the Test matches; commanding the ball with great control and swing that has bamboozled an entire batting line up at times. In each and every way, Anderson has proved to be a great player for the team. He has almost taken 500 wickets in the Internationals. He has accomplished great feats in his career of 13 years.
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He scored a hat-trick in his debut Test match against Pakistan single-handedly; which has been a major stepping stone for his career. He has pulled almost all his victories single-handedly. Back in 2010 in the Ashes, he spearheaded England’s bowling attack and took 24 wickets by himself in one Test series, winning the series for England. He is surely and without any conflict; the best pace bowler for England at the moment. The player has taken 3 ‘ten-wicket hauls’ in his career; the recent one being against Sri Lanka, in the Test match. This resulted in England’s victory, and the social media flooded the saying, ‘now the only thing that can stop England is the weather’.
He has been a key player for England in the Ashes and has shown remarkable performance a myriad number of times. But unfortunately, in the year 2015, Anderson could not be a part of the Ashes due to an injury. His teammates stated that his absence made a huge difference in the team. But, during the summer of 2013, England played Australia in the Ashes series and won the series mainly due to Anderson’s remarkable performance throughout. Anderson has surely performed for England under pressure in crucial matches. Like in the Test series against India in 2014, Anderson hit his maiden Test fifty and posted the highest score by an England No. 11 batsman in the Test history.
Along with this, his innings was also the longest innings by a No. 11 batsman in Test history. Time and again, he has proved to be the best swing bowler in the world. In the Test series 2016 against Sri Lanka, he concluded the series as the World’s No. 1 Test bowler. He is feared with the new ball and has shown his metal ever since he hit his match-winning bowling form in the year 2007.
He has been awarded the title of ‘man of the series’ 4 times in his career and ‘man of the match’ 13 times in the matches overall. With the right conditions, he is the most unplayable; and many times the captain of the England side can be seen going straight to him when in need to control the economy or even taking wickets. He indeed has a great economy rate and removes the pressure from England.
In swings or out swings, Yorkers or slow balls, Mr James Anderson knows it all!