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Watch: James Anderson’s brilliance with the bat

By BetBarter Staff

June 14, 2022

Even at the age of 40, James Anderson has been highly efficient for England in the longest format of the game. He has been going strong in the ongoing Test series against New Zealand. More recently, he was seen displaying his excellence, but this time it was not with the ball.

While batting during the end of England’s first innings on day four, he played an unorthodox shot that impressed everyone. In the 129th over of the innings, Anderson hit an excellent reverse sweep that went for a four off Michael Bracewell on his first ball. Bracewell, though, dismissed him on the very next ball. Anderson attempted to step out and hit the ball, but he missed it and was stumped. The video of the same has done rounds on the internet.

Here is the video

England were dismissed for 539 and thus, New Zealand got a 14-run lead. After which,  Anderson then continued his brilliance with the ball as he got a wicket in the first over of the third innings. Anderson bowled an in-swinger to take Tom Latham’s stumps. The batter attempted to leave the length ball as he expected it to move outside. However, the delivery was simply too good for Latham. As it turns out, this was also Anderson’s 650th Test wicket. He became only the third bowler to do so.

After that, New Zealand bounced back with a brilliant partnership of 100 runs between Devon Conway (52 runs) and Will Young (56 runs). The Kiwis had only lost two wickets until the second session of the fourth day. However, the final session was not really a great one for them as they lost five wickets. Daryl Mitchell is currently the only established batter left to play with the tailenders. They ended the day with a score of 224/7 and a lead of 238 runs.

England will now look to get early wickets on the final day. The Ben Stokes-led team have a golden opportunity to take the advantage. Notably, they won the first match by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.