Playing XI Of England When James Anderson Made His Test Debut


At the moment, James Anderson is the highest wicket-taking pacer in Test cricket. Even now, at an age close to forty, Anderson is still fit and leads the bowling attack of his side. In this article, we take a look at the playing XI of England when James Anderson made his Test debut.

The right-arm pacer made his Test debut in 2003 against Zimbabwe at the Lord's in London. A year before it, he had already made his ODI debut. Although he did play a lot of ODIs, Anderson plays only Tests in recent years. Most of the players who made their debut around that time have already retired. But Jimmy is still at his peak.

Openers: Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan

Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan were the openers of England when James Anderson made his Test debut. Both are legends when it comes to England cricket, and when Jimmy played his first game, both Trescothick and Vaughan were at the peak of their careers.

Trescothick retired early from international cricket but later played a lot of County cricket. In fact, only recently, he has retired from all forms of the game. On the other hand, Vaughan is currently a commentator and is popular for his opinions on social media.

Middle-Order: Mark Butcher, Nasser Hussain (C), Robert Key and Alec Stewart (WK)

The England Test Team had a stunning middle-order for this game against Zimbabwe. While Mark Butcher and captain Nasser Hussain formed the core of the batting unit, Alec Stewart came in as the wicket-keeper. Robert Key played at No.5 in this game.

Butcher scored a century in this game and was responsible for the team to set up a strong score of 472. He also picked four wickets in the second innings. Although the other batsmen got starts, none were able to go on and convert it. Butcher was the M.O.M of this encounter.

All-Rounders: Anthony McGrath

Anthony McGrath had a crucial role to play in this game. He played a total of just four matches for England but when James Anderson made his Test debut, Anthony McGrath scored 69 runs in the first innings and then collected three wickets to help England win the game by a huge margin.

Bowlers: Ashley Giles, Stephen Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, James Anderson

Ashley Giles led the spin attack of this team. While he got a fifty in the first innings, he unsurprisingly did not bowl in the first innings. However, he did get his chance in the second innings and took a wicket.

James Anderson, Harmison and Hoggard formed the pace attack of this XI. Anderson, on his debut, got a five-wicket haul and did not waste time in showcasing his potential. Having picked six wickets combined, Harmison and Hoggard also had a decent game.

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