In what appears to be a close-contact awaiting between the two teams, the second test match will be played with the pink ball at the Adelaide Oval. James Anderson is all set to play his 5th test match and said that the venue is his best outside of the United Kingdom. Anderson, who has been with the English side since 2002 December, will be playing his fifth test match at the venue, more than played by Warner, Cummins, Starc, and Lyon at the same ground.
Cummins in his own words, “I haven’t really picked his brains over bowling yet,” said Cummins. “But I would love to. He’s fantastic, 150 odd test matches and the leading wicket-taker for England.”
Despite his age, Anderson has kept himself fit for the longer format. He retired from the shorter formats of the game back in 2015 in order to extend his test career and the results have been fruitful as the pacer has bagged 252 wickets till now from 2015 at a strike rate of 54.20 and 21.95 average.
The last time Anderson played here was in the 2017 Ashes when he displayed his swinging artistry with the Pink ball and bagged a five fer for 43 in the second innings. The second test match will mark his 10th appearance at the Adelaide Oval across all formats. The seamer now 39 years of age has scalped 632 wickets and will take the leadership role of bowling during the second Ashes Test.
Anderson was a part of the English side that won the 2010-2011 Ashes series under Sir Andrew Strauss. England was dominant in that series and defeated Australia by an innings and runs in three test matches. The visitors have played 31 matches till now at Adelaide and have been victorious on 8 occasions.
England was marred with criticism over the team selection and first batting decision in the 1st test. England is wary of the fact that if Australia runs them down again in Adelaide, it would be difficult for them to make a comeback as the conditions will get only better for the home side.