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Stuart Broad backs James Anderson to carry momentum in Ashes

Stuart Broad and James Anderson will carry a lot of responsibility Down Under as England cricket team aims to win the Ashes against Australian cricket team

cricket Updated: Sep 10, 2017 15:47 IST
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Stuart Broad (L) and James Anderson are England’s premium pacers.
Stuart Broad (L) and James Anderson are England’s premium pacers.(AFP)

England pacer Stuart Broad has heaped praise on James Anderson, who recently became the first English cricketer to have claimed 500 Test wickets. Broad has also backed Anderson to come good in the Ashes 2017-18 in Australia, which starts November 23 at The Gabba in Brisbane.

Anderson achieved the feat in the recently-concluded Lord’s Test against West Indies, a game in which he played a series-winning role for his side.

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Anderson cleaned up West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite to claim his 500th Test wicket, and went on to register his career-best figures in an innings of 20.1-5-42-7 to help England win the third and final Test by nine wickets and clinch the series 2-1.

“For Jimmy Anderson to get his 500th wicket at Lord’s was the perfect way to round off an amazing summer. Not only that, he picked up a personal best seven for 42 and helped England win a Test match and a series. It really doesn’t get much better than that,” Broad wrote in his column in The Daily Mail.

“To go to another level at the age of 35 is a special place to be as a sportsman, and that is exactly what Jimmy has done. For all those 26 year olds out there having a hard time with their careers, take a look at this bloke: he’ll fill you with hope that the best years are still ahead,” he added.

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Broad hit back at former South Africa captain AB de Villiers’ assessment that Anderson had lost his spunk, saying that the 35-year-old has bowled at his best in this English summer.

Broad wrote, “All summer, Jimmy’s been accurate, skilful, dangerous and economical. It wasn’t so long ago on a tour of South Africa that AB de Villiers was wondering if he had lost his nip. Well, the answer has been there for all to see in these last seven Tests.”

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Broad has backed Anderson to continue with the good work in Australia in the upcoming Ashes series. “I heard him say the other day that he thought he could play until he was 40, and who would bet against it? Our only goal for now, though, is to be lifting that urn at Sydney in January. Australia is a tough place to bowl, but if Jimmy can do with the Kookaburra ball what he has been doing with the Dukes, we will have a great chance.”