James Anderson likely to be rested for 2nd Test: Not reluctant to change winning team, says England coach

James Anderson might not play the 2nd Test against India in Chennai as part of the new rest and rotate policy adopted by the England cricket team due to their hectic schedule this year.

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  • England will be resting several key players in the 2nd Test starting February 13
  • Stuart Broad is likely to replace James Anderson in England’s playing XI
  • Anderson produced a magical spell on Day 5 of the 1st Test to help ENG beat IND by 227 runs

England are likely to rest James Anderson for the upcoming second Test against India despite the legendary fast bowler’s match-winning performance in the series-opener in Chennai earlier this week.

The English team management is following a strict rotational policy this year due to their hectic schedule in the 2021 season which will culminate with the Ashes series in Australia.

Anderson therefore, might be given a rest as part of the new rules with his age-old new-ball partner Stuart Broad expected to replace him in the playing XI for the next game which will be played at the same venue from February 13.

“It is hard (to leave Anderson out), he is a class act, you’ll have to wait and see… But I’m not reluctant to change the winning team.

“Broady didn’t play in the last game and we’ve many bowlers here who we could play at any given point,” England head coach Chris Silverwood said.

Anderson produced a magical spell in the 1st session on the final day of the 1st Test which helped England beat India by 227 runs and take a 1-0 series lead. He delivered the knockout blow to the hosts before the lunch break with 3 wickets for 8 runs from 7 overs which included 4 maidens as well.

The 38-year-old took 5 wickets in the match in total and looked fit as a fiddle despite the hot and humid conditions in Chennai. Anderson therefore, is keen to carry on playing but admitted that players do need to rest from time to time to stay fit and injury-free.

“When a batsman gets in rhythm and form, they want to keep batting and keep that rhythm going, and it’s the same for a bowler. You want to keep that going if possible, but I’m very aware that we’ve got 4 Test matches in quick succession here and there will probably be a need to rest and rotate. So I’m not assuming anything,” Anderson said.

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