Brisbane: Australian opener David Warner has said that James Anderson’s omission from the England side for the opening Ashes Test at The Gabba, which began on Wednesday, will cost the tourists dear as the veteran pacer’s “line, length and control is always outstanding”.Also Read - IPL 2022 Auction: David Warner, Ishan Kishan to Shreyas Iyer; Captaincy Options For Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Anderson was not included in the tourist’s 12-member squad on Tuesday as the England team management felt the workload of five Ashes Tests would be a bit too much for the 39-year-old. Also Read - Not KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma; Shane Warne Admits His First Choice as India's Test Captain Would Have Been Ajinkya Rahane
There were speculations that Anderson was carrying an injury but an England spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday, that it wasn’t the case. Rather, the decision to leave out Anderson had to do with managing his workload in the high-octane series. Also Read - Shreyas Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, David Warner Expected To Be Top Draws In IPL Mega Auction Next Month
Warner felt that Anderson’s omission for the Brisbane Test could be a huge bonus for Australia.
“Having Jimmy out is a big thing for us,” Warner said on SEN 1170 Breakfast ahead of the start of the Test. “It’s not just his wicket-taking ability, but his line, length and control is always outstanding. As a batsman you can never get on top of him, so having him out is big.”
Warner, however, felt that Anderson’s replacement, Chris Woakes, would also be a potential threat to Australian batters.
“Someone like Chris Woakes could come in for him and he’s just as good as a bowler. He doesn’t have the wickets on the board but he’s a phenomenal bowler and he always hits those line and lengths. So, they do have good replacements for him.”
Speaking to FoxCricket, Warne was also surprised with England think tank’s decision to rest James Anderson and Stuart Broad for the Gabba Test
“It’s huge. It’s one of those things, you would have thought the think tank of the England squad would have been, ‘Let’s hit Australia first up’. It looks overcast at the Gabba, the pitch looks green, Anderson and Broad together, strike while the iron’s hot. Broad’s had the wood on Warner so if I was going to rest them and keep them for as many Test matches as you can, play them in the first couple,” Warne said.
Inputs from IANS