The English selectors are planning to recall two of the old foxes i.e. Ian Bell and Jimmy Anderson for the one off T20 game against Sri Lanka.
Bell and Anderson have not been featuring for England in the shortest format of the game for quite some time, but, considering the team’s mediocre performances in the recent times, the new selection committee reckons that it’s important to bring in some experience into the set up now.
If Bell gets called back, he would surely be opening the batting along with either Alex Hales or Michael Lumb.
As far as Anderson is concerned, he is a swing bowler and likes to deliver at good length most of the times and that’s why he goes for a lot of runs in the death. In T20 cricket, you need the bowlers to try and bowl yorkers, but, Anderson is not that good at that. But, when it comes to experience, the Lancashire quick is right up there.
The last time that Anderson was seen representing England in the slam bang format was 5 years back in 2009. It was a game against South Africa and despite being his team’s most economical bowler that day, Anderson was left out thereafter and he has been on the sidelines since then in the T20s.
There have been a lot of young bowlers tried by the English selectors in the last few years in the T20s, but, they haven’t got repaid that much and that’s why they are now forced to look back to Anderson.
Anderson has taken a lot of wickets for England in test cricket. He is close to taking his tally past 350 in that format, but, test cricket is a different ball game altogether. You need different skills for different formats.