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Anderson can play important role in Pak: Cooley

Published: Saturday, October 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London:England bowling coach Troy Cooley believes James Anderson can play an important role on this winter tour to Pakistan, after rediscovering his form during a season of county action.Anderson was called up to the squad for the final Test against Australia and Cooley says time away from international scene has helped him.

"Watching Jimmy perform this year has been fantastic. Hes gone back and basically done everything England and Duncan (Fletcher) asked of him - and thats to become a complete bowler," Cooley stated.

Anderson claimed 60 wickets for Lancashire in the County Championship after a dispiriting tour of South Africa last winter, as his performances suffered from a lack of regular cricket.His rapid move in England team during 2002-03 tour of Australia and the World Cup meant this was his first full season for Lancashire.

But with Simon Jones currently rated as only 50-50 to recover from his ankle injury in time for Pakistan tour, Cooley says Anderson is ready to step back up to the side.

"Hes taken 60 wickets and watching him at The Oval, you just saw something different. Hes come back a better bowler and if people like Simon dont make it he will be ready to take challenge. Hes been on this stage before, he likes stage so there is a little support there if one of others dont make it," Cooley expressed.

However, Cooley is still confident Jones can play a part in Pakistan, where reverse-swing that was developed over the summer will be a key weapon for England. "Doctors are working hard to help him now and lets hope hes fit and raring to go because hell suit those conditions nicely."

Meanwhile, there are also growing concerns on fitness of paceman Chris Tremlett, who has ongoing knee problems. He is visiting a specialist to try and cure problem before tour starts.

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