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Stuart Broad receives praises from James Anderson for his bowling action

“Since Australia, I have not seen anyone work as hard as he (Stuart) Broad has on their game."

James Anderson of England
James Anderson of England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Ahead of the Test series against the Windies, which is all set to get underway on January 23, England pacer James Anderson showered rich praises on fellow countryman Stuart Broad for his new bowling action. England and West Indies will lock horns for the first Test on January 23 in Bridgetown, which will be followed by remaining two Tests on January 31 and February 9 in North Sound and Gros Islet respectively.

Broad has worked very hard

Anderson said that since the Australia series, he hasn’t seen anyone work as hard on improving their game as Broad. He elaborated that Broad has worked very hard not just on his run-up but also on his bowling action, which will give a huge boost to the side against the Windies.

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“Since Australia, I have not seen anyone work as hard as he (Stuart) Broad has on their game. It is a credit to Broad, he has put so many hard yards in, not just on his run-up but on his action, trying to swing the ball away again,” ICC quoted Anderson, as saying on Sunday.

“For me, it is all about the last six yards, building that momentum up to the crease. He still has the same snap and can definitely have the same oomph. I do think the run-up has looked really good here. It might just get another couple of years out of him. Part of him thinks, ‘Why have I not done this sooner?’” he added.

Windies not an easy nut to crack

Anderson, who played one of the two warm-up games against Cricket West Indies President’s XI in Barbados, and ended with the figures 4/12, believes that it will not be as easy to outplay the Windies as it may look on paper.

“We have got to be on top form to be able to try and challenge them (West Indies). We showed in Sri Lanka we can adapt to any conditions. Our batters batted better than they did and our spinners out-bowled theirs. We have got to do the same again, man for man we have got to outplay them. We know we have got the talent to do it,” he said.

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