Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jimmy Could Grind Us Down to Ashes! ; Katich Fears Lancs Colleague Anderson Will Put Australia on Rack This Summer

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jimmy Could Grind Us Down to Ashes! ; Katich Fears Lancs Colleague Anderson Will Put Australia on Rack This Summer

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SIMON Katich has warned his Australian countrymen that Jimmy Anderson could grind them down during this summer's Ashes series.

The former opening Test batsman has faced the Lancashire bowler in seven Tests over the years, and knows just how difficult the job is.

Last week he got to play on the same side as Anderson for the Red Rose in the LV= County Championship Division Two match with Kent at Emirates Old Trafford - which ended in a draw.

And he will do so again this week as Peter Moores' men take on Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay starting tomorrow.

It is set to be the last time Anderson plays for Lancashire this summer, with the forthcoming Test series against New Zealand swiftly followed by the Champions Trophy and then the Ashes - which includes at third Test at Old Trafford.

And Katich knows that if Australia have any chance of reclaiming the urn after back-toback series defeats by England, they have to get the better of Anderson. "There is no doubt he is one of the best in the world," said 37-year-old Katich who played 56 Tests for the Aussies.

"The thing he has about him is he is so fit and runs at you all day and sustains his pace.

"He did it in the first innings against Kent. He worked hard all day without a wicket and then got his rewards later.

"That's the experience you get from him.

"He can move the ball both ways and is always asking questions of the batsmen.

"Having faced him in Test cricket I know he is a very good bowler and competitor.

"There is no doubt in this Ashes series he will be hard work for the Australian top order."

Australia go into the series on the back of a humiliating series defeat in India, which ended in four players being dropped for not handing in what was labelled homework to coach Mickey Arthur outlining how the team could improve.

And even though they are old foes, Katich admits he daren't enter into any banter with Anderson just at the moment.

"There is no sledging," he said. "I can't say too much after what happened in India recently. …

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