‘It’s not the same Anderson as 2012’

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly would not pick England paceman James Anderson for the India Tests, and feels the veteran bowler is well past his peak.

Anderson will join up with the squad ahead of the second Test at Visag, but Ganguly would not pick him even if he was fully fit by then, as there are more effective bowlers to call upon.

Ganguly said on Cricinfo: “I wouldn’t play him in India to be honest.

“It’s not the same Anderson as 2012. I saw him in the Test series in England recently. He has lost a bit of pace.

“And I think Stuart Broad and Steven Finn and Ben Stokes [will be more effective] because you will need a bit of pace in these conditions to get that ball to reverse.

“So I don’t know whether he will make the side when he comes back. Not in Vizag [Visakhapatnam] where the ball will turn square.

“I don’t see him playing in the second Test. And if I were the England captain, I would go in with two fast bowlers: Broad and Ben Stokes.

“A bit of zip, a bit of pace, reverse. And play three spinners. Moeen Ali, Gareth Batty and another spinner.

“The advantage is, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes can get runs with the bat. It makes the batting a lot longer, and you still have three spinners for these conditions.

“That’s the way I will go, and I don’t think Jimmy Anderson bowling at 80 miles an hour will find a place in my side.”

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