Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Player Profile: James Anderson

James Anderson put in a man of the match performance taking 9-125 against the West Indies this week and is slowly but surely becoming a vital component of this England side.

James Anderson was born in Burnley on 30th July 1982. He attended St. Theodore's RC High School and played club cricket for Burnley Cricket Club.

Anderson made his first class debut for Lancashire in 2002 . In 2002 he played 13 matches and took 50 wickets at an average of 22.28

When he was first selected for an England ODI squad he had only played 5 first class matches. He took 1 for 46 against Australia on debut.

However it was the 2003 World Cup when he really arrived on the international stage.

His performance against Pakistan in a subsequent ODI tournament was exremely impresive when he took a hat-trick. He was the first England bowler to ever get an ODI hat-trick.

Video footage of his hat-trick:

He made his test debut in 2003 against Zimbabwe at Lords. He went on to get a 5 for on debut, becoming only the 17 th Englishmen to achieve such a feat on debut.

He made such a good impression at a young age. However, his international career did take a decline due to the emrgence of the likes of Steve Harmison and Simon Jones. He missed out n the sucessful Ashes series of 2005.

Anderson in test match action against Sachin Tendulkar:

He remerged in 2006 and impressed against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. But it was under Peter Moores he really found his feet in test match cricket, since then he has not looked back and will be a key player for England in this summers Ashes series.

Anderosn has also gone a record 48 test match innings without getting a duck.

For James Anderon's full career stats click here

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