Anderson: There is so much to love about the longer form

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England seamer James Anderson hopes the shortest format of the game will not curb the growth of skilful swing bowlers in world cricket.

Anderson was speaking after the ECB unveiled a new 100-ball domestic competition slated to begin in 2020.

The latest innovation is to attract a wider audience and promote the game while being distinct from other formats.

With T20 leagues popping up around the world and a new 100-ball game set for the UK, Anderson, who has taken 531 Test wickets in 136 games, still wants to see the longest format flourish.

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Anderson said in quotes published on the GiveMeSport website: “As a cricket fan, once I’ve retired I hope there are still really competitive Test series around.

“Test cricket is why I fell in love with the game and I’m sure there are lots like me.

“There is so much to love about the longer form and I want to be able to watch new players come through and challenge records.”

England’s leading wicket-taker in Tests is also part of breed of genuine swing bowlers still playing international cricket.

Anderson feels the shorter formats do not encourage bowlers to swing the ball as they try to protect their economy-rate.

The right-arm seamer continued: “The thought of there not being any skilful swing bowlers emerging troubles me.

“It’s such an amazing thing to watch when a bowler can move it both ways through the air, and the batsman is left guessing.

“I can’t stomach the thought of someone growing up wanting to bowl four overs as their limit.”

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