The veteran English pacer, James Anderson reckons that the critics of the much-debated rotation policy should look at the “bigger picture”, considering the massive amount of cricket to be played by the Brits in the coming days. England did not play Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood in the first two Tests but have brought them back for the last couple of Tests as a part of rotation policy while first-choice keeper Jos Buttler is back home after the series opener to help players cope up with life inside the bio-bubble.
As per the quotes in the “Guardian”, James Anderson said, “You have got to try and look at the bigger picture. The idea was if I missed that one, that would give me the best chance of being fit and firing for the pink-ball Test. I am feeling good and fresh and ready to go again if called upon. It’s frustrating to an extent but I can see the bigger picture with the amount of cricket that we have got.”
To further his argument, James Anderson pointed out that he had suffered a few injuries in the last couple of years when he missed matches in the 2019 Ashes series and also could not play two Tests against South Africa.
Anderson explained, “It’s the same for all bowlers, not just me. We’ve got 17 Test matches this year and the best way of getting your best players firing for as many of those as possible is to take little rests every now and then. It’s not a case of shielding, it’s just a case of trying to make sure you’re not wearing someone out until they completely break in half.”
England has called back pacer Mark Wood but Anderson definitely would not mind bowling in tandem with Stuart Broad.
Talking about the same, Anderson said, “That has definitely crossed my mind. Ideally, we would get into a position where there will be times – a crucial game potentially – when they want the experience there of both of us and that might get called upon.”
He further added, “All we can do is when we get the nod do the best for the team, try and stay in as good shape as possible, stay as fit as possible, and eventually whether it’s in the summer or the back end of the year hopefully we will get the chance to play again together.”