June 9, 2012

English cricket

First Larwood, now Anderson

Nikita Bastian

The Declaration Game blog compares the decision to rest James Anderson to the decision to rest Harold Larwood three-quarters of a century ago.

The [England] selectors have to decide what to do about their premier fast bowler: play him in a dead rubber, and risk injury, or hold him back for a future challenge. That’s the issue that confronted England’s selectors prior to the third test at Edgbaston against the West Indies, with Jimmy Anderson the subject of their, and most cricket followers’, discussions. Seventy-five years ago a similar decision was called for. How did that situation compare with the one in 2012 and what were its consequences?

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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