Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hussain Needs His Pinup Paceman; Anderson Has Eyes on Home Debut

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hussain Needs His Pinup Paceman; Anderson Has Eyes on Home Debut

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

IT WAS the moment when Nasser Hussain knew England had unearthed a new fast bowler. "You're the man!"

he bellowed into the ear of a boyish-looking youngster who had just dismissed one of the world's most dangerous openers. "You're the man!"

Jimmy Anderson probably wondered what all the fuss was about.

True, he suddenly found himself playing under the lights of Brisbane, rather than on a league ground in Burnley, and the opponent he had just sent back to the dressing room was none other than Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya.

But Anderson has all the makings of a lad who can enjoy his successes without getting carried away - and learn from those moments of crushing disappointment.

Less than three months after helping to beat Sri Lanka in Brisbane in what was only his second one-day international, Anderson bowled the over at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, which was to prove England's penultimate in the 2003 World Cup.

From hero to zero? Hardly.

Hussain's decision to throw the ball to 20-year-old Anderson, rather than give it to the vastly experienced Andrew Caddick, only contributed to a fairytale finish for Andy Bichel and Michael Bevan as the two Australians led their country to a dramatic two-wicket win.

But if the cricket gods decided Anderson should be the fall guy rather than the star performer on that occasion, then there is every reason to hope they will more than make amends in the decade or so to come.

Starting at Lord's tomorrow week, perhaps.

As one of 11 centrally contracted players, Anderson seems certain to be named on Saturday in England's squad for the First Test against Zimbabwe.

And provided there is no late loss of confidence from Hussain and coach Duncan Fletcher, then the young Lancastrian should make his debut in front of the world's most famous cricket pavilion. …

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