England came with high hopes and started the tour with some brave decisions such as opting to bat under challenging conditions and resting the veteran duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad who share close to 1200 wickets between them. It would not be wrong to say that nothing has gone in England’s way.
There was so much anticipation about the return of James Anderson with the Pink Ball which often troubles the batsman, especially under the lights. However, so far, both Stuart Broad and Anderson have not been able to produce a spell that discomforted the Australians with the Pink ball in the second test match. The scorecard at the moment tells that Australia is leading by close to 250 runs and that the match is heading towards their victory unless some intervention comes from weather.
Salman Butt while speaking on his Youtube Channel opined about James Anderson. Upon being asked by a user that Anderson has not been successful in the Pink Ball test match, the Pakistani former cricketer replied that Anderson has never been successful outside England.
In his own words, “This is not England. The conditions here (Adelaide) are different. Here it is not like that movement starts to happen when clouds come or that batting becomes easier when there is bright sunshine. These pitches have their own way. The length to bowl here is different. Here, one has to bowl a lot fuller.”
Former cricketers like Warne and Hussain pointed out England had bowled a lot shorter which allowed too much away seam movement thereby making the ball miss the bat.
James Anderson never had the pace to trouble the batsman : Salman Butt
Going by the records, Anderson has bowled at the time of writing this post, almost 2536 overs in the away conditions and the bowler holds a considerably higher average of 30.84 than the 24.20 for 3456 overs in English conditions which have yielded him 402 wickets out of the total 634 wickets.
Speaking on his career, Butt said, “Anderson is very experienced so he must be knowing about the conditions of Adelaide but he is not effective in Australia like he is in England. He has never been effective in the rest of the world unless in the twilight of his career due to the reverse swing he got in Asian conditions which a bowler doesn’t get too much in Australia. Then he doesn’t have the pace which can push the batsman onto the back foot. Outside, he has never been as successful as he is in England. Earlier too, he never had the pace which could trouble the batsman, and pace matters a lot in Australia. All English bowlers except Mark Wood are medium-fast bowlers. So that is a big issue with the English team at the moment”
England has plenty of things to sort out if they want to make a comeback in the series. The presence of Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins would have made life more miserable for the English batters. But credit must also be given to Jhye Richardson and Michael Nesser who kept the England batting at bay from scoring freely. Australia has not enforced a follow on and are 46 for 1 at the stumps of Day 3.