Losing Anderson a big blow - KP

2015-08-06 06:55
Kevin Pietersen. (Gallo Images)

Nottingham - England will miss the skill and energy of leading wicket-taker James Anderson in the fourth AshesTtest against Australia at Trent Bridge, former batsman Kevin Pietersen said on Wednesday.

Anderson suffered a side strain after taking six first-innings wickets during the third Test victory at Edgbaston which put England 2-1 up in the series with two matches to play.

"Jimmy Anderson's absence makes a huge difference," Pietersen said.

"What he did in the first innings at Edgbaston shows why. It gives the Aussies a psychological lift. Knowing they don't have to face the skill and movement of Anderson's bowling at the start of an innings is a huge boost.

"Any batsman, coming to England, facing Jimmy on an overcast day and on a green wicket would be worried about facing him. He's world class.

"Aside from the skill and the wickets he takes, Jimmy energises the team."

Stuart Broad will lead the England pace attack in Anderson's absence and Steven Finn, rejuvenated after taking eight wickets at Edgbaston, the fit-again Mark Wood and Ben Stokes will support him in the match which starts on Thursday.

"England's bowling is still strong," Pietersen said.

"Steve Finn was excellent in the last Test, Stuart Broad has had an excellent series and Mark Wood has had a promising start to his test career. I like that mix of bowling."

Pietersen, however, is concerned about the form of inexperienced opener Adam Lyth.

"Adam Lyth is finding out the difference between test cricket and county cricket," said Pietersen, an ambassador for Paddy Power.

"It's a huge step up and you don't get as many loose deliveries as you would at county level. He needs to be busier at the crease.

"It looks like he could get out on every single ball. He's got to be positive and look to score, not to stand around and push and prod at deliveries.

"Losing one of your openers cheaply puts huge pressure on the middle order."

Pietersen stressed the need for England to maintain a positive approach.

"England can't have any thoughts in the back of their minds about a draw being acceptable here and another draw at the Oval," he said.

"You look to beat Australia. The players showed last week that they're comfortable with being aggressive, they need to maintain that for this week. It swings and seams a lot at Trent Bridge so they need to be confident of beating Australia there and sealing the Ashes victory."

Read more on:    england  |  australia  |  ashes  |  kevin pietersen  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Previous Results

Date Match Result

Who will win the 2019 edition of the Ashes?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.