‘Was confident facing spin’: James Anderson on surviving last over from Steve Smith

Australia picked up the 9th wicket and they had two overs at their disposal without seam bowling as the light was dark. Therefore, Pat Cummins had no other choice than to give the ball to spinner Steve Smith. Now in an interview given to Tailernders Podcast, the 39-year-old pacer has revealed that he felt ‘confident’ to survive the spin bowling.

While the series was already over, England managed to save some pride when they drew the Sydney test match. England started the day with 10 wickets in hand and had 6 wickets for the last 25 hours. The back-to-back wickets of Jos Butler and Mark Wood made the match interesting and it felt as if Australia would be 4 – 0 up but Jack Leach and Johnny Bairstow were able to weather the late storm of fast bowling and spin.

‘There was a moment when the umpires said it was too dark to bowl seam, it was then I thought “I’ve got this. Spin is my absolute niche”. I absolutely love facing spin‘ Anderson said.

Stuart Broad advised Broad to counter the spin with full stretch forward to which Anderson replied ”I was like’it’s alright mate, I’ve played before, it’s fine” The English players were seen at the boundary lines praying with all their might, particularly Ben Stokes, who almost hid his face in the T-Shirt when the last ball of the match was about to be bowled to Jimmy Anderson.

The two sides will now play the final test match of this series at Hobart. The match will be a day-night Pink ball test. England has some worries to address as Jos Butler has already will be returning to England due to a broken finger. Ben Stokes has a side strain but Anderson believes that the star all-rounder will be fine. ‘He’s already saying that it feels a bit better,’ Anderson said

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