England pacer James Anderson hopes to be reunited with his long-time partner Stuart Broad despite admitting that they might have played their last match together.
The veterans, Anderson and Broad, have been one of world cricket’s most iconic bowling duos. The duo shares more than 1100 wickets and between them, guiding England to a victory on innumerable occasions.
Anderson and Broad, due to England’s workload management policies, have played only nine Tests together in the last two years with the last one being against Pakistan in August 2020.
Speaking ahead of the pink-ball Test against India, Anderson quipped that he and Broad will try to remain fit in order to play together in the home summer against India or during the Ashes against Australia.
“I love bowling with Stuart but It has definitely crossed our minds [that they have played their last Test together]. I just hope there will be times in a crucial match when they will need our experience,” said Anderson.
“All we can do is try to stay in the best shape possible and if we do get the nod together next summer or at the back end of the year do our best for the team,” he the 38-year-old added.
In the ongoing four-match series, Anderson and Broad have played a game each. While Anderson bagged a fifer (5 for 63) in the first Test, Broad returned wicketless in the second Test.
“It’s another tricky one to predict. We have so many good fast bowlers in our group now. Olly Stoke was brilliant in the second Test, Mark Wood is back out here and if Jofra Archer is fit too we have a lot to choose from,” Anderson stated.
Speaking on the controversial rotation policy, Anderson said: “I don’t think I’m being shielded. It’s a case of trying to stay fit as long as possible and England not bowling anyone into the dirt until they break. The best way to get your best players firing as long as possible is to give them a little rest every now and then,”