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September 7, 2007
Anderson's impressive one-day form in the current series will have counted in his favour as the selectors opted for a strike bowler instead of an allrounder. Anderson currently holds the record for the most expensive figures in international Twenty20, his four overs against Australia at Sydney costing 64.
It had been expected that Dimitri Mascarenhas would slot into Bopara's place, especially after hitting five sixes in five balls against India at The Oval. However, England may need another replacement with Andrew Flintoff's position still uncertain as his ankle problem is assessed.
The ICC later clarified that they had given permission for the call-up to go ahead.
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Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?