|James Michael Anderson James Anderson|
|Born||Jul 30, 1982|
|Age||37 years 86 days|
|Bat Style||Left Handed|
|Bowl Style||Right-arm fast medium|
Blessed with raw pace following a growth spurt in his teens, James Anderson was pushed to the England fold without a single county appearance. His performances for Burnley Cricket Club were all that spoke for him when the highest level of cricket beckoned. As with contemporaries like Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee, his speed was enough to unsettle the very best.
An early ODI debut against Australia, handed to him on the back of a mere five List A matches resulted in a hammering (1/46 off 6). Anderson later went on to represent Lancashire, becoming a prolific county wicket-taker. Selected for the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, an impressive spell against Pakistan was tarred by a disastrous last over against Australia which knocked England out. He later made his Test debut, recording five scalps against Zimbabwe at Lord's. Often, the physical demands of pace bowling have taken a toll on Anderson, resulting in various injuries to his knee, ankle and back.
All through his budding years, under his coaches Duncan Fletcher and Peter Moores, Anderson's form remained inconsistent. While an ODI regular ever since his debut, his inconsistent Test form saw him repeatedly dropped in favour of Simon Jones, Liam Plunkett and Stuart Broad. Poor outings in South Africa(2005) and Australia(2006) were nullified by impressive displays against India at home in 2007 and on tour to New Zealand(2008). Bowling blitzkriegs on regular occasions meant that he did record five-wicket hauls against most Test oppositions.
Finally, it was only under Andy Flower's guidance that England's golden boy came of age, recording his 100th Test and ODI wickets against India and South Africa in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Later in 2009, he featured in all five Ashes Tests resulting in England's retention of the coveted urn. By 2010, 'Jimmy' had become an England regular, taking wickets in bulk in all forms of cricket. He is currently considered as one of the best swing bowlers around. Words of praise finally showed when Anderson subjected a weak Australian batting to sharp conventional and reverse swing during the 2013 Ashes in England. However, Anderson could do little harm to the strengthened and determined Aussies during the return Ashes, Down Under, in the same here when England surrendered 5-0.
With age picking up, Anderson cut down on his speed and decided to concentrate on line and length and wickets followed in heaps. Not a man to shy away from playing mind games and exchange a few words with his opponents, Anderson became the fourth English bowler to amass 300 Test wickets and he aims to become the highest wicket-taker for England in the years to come.
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