South Africa in England 2012 September 6, 2012

Anderson covers for Finn

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James Anderson has been called into England's Twenty20 squad for the three matches against South Africa as cover for Steven Finn who has a stiff back a week before the team is due to depart for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Finn was left out for the last ODI against South Africa at Trent Bridge on Thursday with Chris Woakes taking his place and Alastair Cook said it was wise to take a careful approach with the fast bowler.

"You do have to be careful with the amount of cricket coming up," he said. "It was a very sensible decision, I think. It would have looked quite stupid if he'd tried to play and it had then suddenly got worse."

Anderson has not played a T20 for England since facing South Africa at Centurion in 2009, although he was part of the squad for the World T20 in the Caribbean. He has played 19 T20 internationals, taking 18 wickets with an economy rate of 7.84. Finn, meanwhile, has claimed nine wickets in his six matches.

The first match against South Africa is at Chester-le-Street on Saturday before further games at Old Trafford and Edgbaston. England leave for Sri Lanka next Thursday ahead of the start of their title defence against Afghanistan on September 21 before their second group match against India two days later.

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  • X on September 7, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Should have been better if they got the likes of Ajmal Shehzaad...although he has lost his touch he had couple of seasons back...

  • Andrew on September 7, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    All things added up IMO - a dumb decision to select Anderson for a T20 series. He is not that good in the format, it would of been an opportunity to test England's depth, rather then go to a bloke that is approaching the latter stage of his career in a meaningless encounter. This muddled thinking is why England players whinge more (pls no parachial BS, this is pretty much a fact, & I am not saying the players are wrong to complain), than any other nation about scheduling. Swann has complained about the schedule, Strauss has retired after retiring from various formats, Broad is an injury concern waiting to happen, the KP saga, these are the players that play 3 formats, they have ALL (not inc Strauss) shown signs of diminishing returns/desire/energy/fitness. If tests are the prime focus for England, Anderson should NOT of been selected!

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    What's with the comments relating to the world cup? So far Anderson is only cover for Finn in the games against SA in the next few days. He won't be at the world cup unless Finn's back is a serious problem - and it doesn't sound like it is at present. @satish619chandar there is no 'other certainty' for the WC - the squad is already set - barring injury they are the certainties and the same squad +Anderson is in place for the SA games. Easier to ask Jimmy to hang around for a few days than call up someone else - I doubt that he will play unless Finn is a serious concern for the WC (they will want to see the WC squad getting the practise, not the chap who will be staying at home).

  • John on September 7, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    @dear old RandyOS: he'll certainly keep his spot over Meaker, who isn't in the squad. Hey, what are you doing commenting on T20? You told us you didn't comment on T20. However, since you're here, how are the Aussies getting on? Think they'll win a game and stay above Ireland in the rankings?

  • Christopher on September 7, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Bowlers need to bowl! Sure you have to be on the watch for burn out but you can also tell when a bowler needs rest. This idea that there is a set number is somewhat silly given every person is different just as each bowler is at a different stage of their career. There have been many a bowler who required constant bowling to be in form and they should also be able to tell and say when they need a break. I remember Broad making reference to a Flintoff wouldn't happen today. I disagree, take any bowler who shouldn't of played because they weren't ready from injury and let them bowl all out till the opposition is out and they will break, look at Z. Khan. Broad being rested is really comical, how many overs had he bowled? He was off for a few months leading to this summers series. He was dreadfully out of form from not bowling, but I don't see how he'd bowled to many overs? I do have an issue taking him to Sri Lanka and India especially if he doesn't at least pick up some County games.

  • John on September 7, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (September 06 2012, 16:51 PM GMT), Anderson has always said that he wants to play T20 so I don't think there's any specific team spirit going on. He wants to play and they picked him in the squad. That's it, that's all. If Anderson was doing chores around Finn's house to allow him to rest his back then that would be something to get excited over but this is just run of the mill selection. I do hope that Finn pulls up OK. So many fast bowlers seem to have had back complaints recently.

  • Satish on September 7, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Anderson for T20? Might work in home conditions if the track swings but not sure how it might work in T20 WC. Why not other certainty for the WC get the place?

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @Milhouse79: You cannot accuse RandyOz of partiality. He trolls equally in pages of all nations.

  • Colin on September 6, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Hey RandyOZ, do you have a life? You seem to spend your life trolling on England pages. Grow up mate.

  • Prem on September 6, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Finn with his pace was very good when England came to India last year. He would have been equally effective in Sri Lanka, James Anderson won't get a game once again.

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