The veteran duo of Anderson and Broad were heavily criticized after England lost the Ashes. The likes of Vaughan even suggested that England cannot be a world force if Anderson remains at the helm and that they need to “move on” from the fast bowler. Now the former South African bowler, Allan Donald has come out in support of Broad and Anderson.
In his column for Daily Mail, Donald expressed that he played more matches in tests than he wanted to. “If I have one regret, it was when I tried to play six more Test matches against Australia. At that stage, I was gutless, and my pace had dropped. To know you are not as effective as you once were is not a nice feeling at all.” Donald said.
In the aftermath of Ashes humiliation, England is looking to overhaul their structure, the coaching staff, and even the playing eleven. Vaughan earlier wrote in his column that the elephant in the room is Anderson’s future with the team. Taking a note of Vaughan’s thought process, the fast bowler replied that his future plans are well known to the captain and the coach and that they want him to continue playing.
Known by the nickname of ‘white lightening’, Donald acknowledges the skill that Anderson brings to the table is immense. “if you saw Anderson in Melbourne when conditions suited him big time, he was still a threat. There’s no one that makes the ball dance around like him when there’s something in the pitch.”
Both Anderson and Broad have played more than 150 test matches, a feat in itself and Donald believes that the duo has earned the right to call it quits when they want. “Those guys have the right to say when it’s time to go but inevitably when a team has taken a hiding like England have, the guns come out the holsters.” said Donald. England’s only savior in 2021 was their captain Joe Root who scored over 1700 runs whereas the second leading run-scorer was Rory Burns who did not even cross 600 runs.