An­der­son ex­pe­ri­ence could come in handy

Middleton Guardian - - TRAVEL -

JIMMY An­der­son ad­mits his ex­pe­ri­ence could be cru­cial for Eng­land in their Test series with Sri Lanka, which was due to starts in Galle yes­ter­day.

With Alas­tair Cook re­tir­ing, the Lan­cashire seamer is the se­nior mem­ber of the squad and one of only two, along­side Stu­art Broad, to have played Test cricket in Sri Lanka.

Broad ap­pears to be in­volved in a four-way bat­tle for one seam bowl­ing place along­side An­der­son, and if he misses out, the Red Rose star’s coun­sel could yet prove more price­less than usual when times get tough. He said: “There are only two of us who have toured Sri Lanka be­fore in Test cricket so we have a job in try­ing to help guys pre­pare and un­der­stand what they are com­ing up against. That is our role and al­ways has been. We’re miss­ing an ex­pe­ri­enced bats­man at the top of the or­der in Cooky but time has to move on and there are other guys - Joe Root as cap­tain and Jos But­tler as vice­cap­tain have been very vo­cal so far.”

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