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Anderson a whiff of fresh air

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Monday, June 23, 2003, 17:58 [IST]
 
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It took a James Anderson to record England's first One-day hat-trick and quite fittingly so, for this bloke is no run of the mill cricketer. Ever since his induction into the England squad, Anderson has come across as a 'special commodity' and his meteoric rise bares ample testimony to it. For a man who was an unknown entity seven months ago, James Anderson has the cricketing fraternity cock up in awe and appreciation with the amount of success he has achieved in such a short duration.

His magical spell which crushed and demolished the Pakistani hopes during the World Cup was, to say the least, breathtaking. But more importantly, the man hasn't stopped there! He has proved that he is no one-time hero with repeated match-winning performances.

If his highly productive World Cup stint was not conclusive enough, his dream debut in the Tests against the visiting Zimbabweans and his continued foray into the second Test reaffirmed his phenomenal talent. And the more recent hat-trick is an emphatic statement of the class & calibre of the rising star.

His ability to swing the ball when it is new as well as after it has taken a beating is there for all to see. However, it is his mental aptitude that has impressed me the most. He seems to be a person who is a brain picker.

Given his skill with the ball and his ability to churn his brains, he is a whiff of fresh air to the otherwise decaying English cricket. If I have not read things wrong, James Anderson should be going places in the years to come.

Rarely does one come across a young English man on the international scene; and a success at that. Here is one, and not only England but also the entire cricketing fraternity is looking forward to this young man to aid England regain their lost glory.

The man is young and has a long way to go and there is no denying that he is going to count for a lot, in times to come.

If the England batting rains in consistency with Marcus Trescothick and skipper Michael Vaughan forming the core, then English cricket is headed for brighter days.

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