James Anderson celebrates after Dean Elgar bowled in the 2nd Test between England and South Africa.© TSWT
James Anderson may be 40 years old, but there seems to be hardly anything stopping his bowling masterclass. While injuries continue to haunt the player’s testing career, Anderson is adamant about continuing to play for England. The veteran pacer is world-renowned for his art of swinging the ball both ways and lining up batters. Time and again Anderson proves how tough a bowler he is to play in swinging conditions and the ongoing second Test between England and South Africa is a prime example of his art.
South Africa, who started their innings at 23/0 on Saturday as they chased England by 241 runs, hoped their openers would sew a solid stance to keep them in the game, but Anderson dented their enthusiasm with a peach of a delivery to fire Elgar early on Day 3 and break the opening score.
Coming in from around the wicket, Anderson first threw one that entered Elgar, who he was able to fend off. His next delivery went away, causing Elgar to rise and defeat his outer edge.
Anderson then threw to Elgar outside at a good length. The ball fished in, but straightened just a little after pitching to straighten the batter. Elgar missed the ball and it eventually sent its off-stump for a walk.
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In the first innings of the game, England had tied South Africa for 151, thanks to Anderson’s 3 for 32 and Stuart Broad’s 3 for 37. Later, England put up 415 for 9 before declaring with a 264 run lead in the first innings. For England, Ben Stokes (103) and Ben Foakes (113 not out) played crucial knockouts and added 173 runs for the sixth wicket after England were reduced to 147/5.
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