England’s highest Test wicket taker James Anderson has started training again after the coronavirus hiatus and is enjoying being back on the cricket field.
Stuart Broad and James Anderson in a file image. (Reuters Photo)
Veteran England pacer James Anderson on Monday became the latest English cricketer to resume training after the coronavirus hiatus, giving a glimpse into the post-lockdown world.
Anderson hit the ground running at Old Trafford in Manchester as he posted a video of himself on Instagram, in which the pacer can be seen running in and then delivering the ball.
“I’ve missed this place! Slowly easing through the gears but enjoying being back,” Anderson wrote as the caption.
Anderson’s bowling partner Stuart Broad came up with a cheeky comment on the former’s Instagram post as he commented “Tight Shorts.”
Broad, one of the country’s top wicket-takers, was among the 18 pacers selected by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for individual sessions at seven different grounds.
Things were different from the usual in the times of coronavirus and with his live updates, Broad took his fans through the process as he went to Trent Bridge for his individual session.
England players resumed their training last week as the country plans for a return of international cricket which has remained suspended since mid-March following the coronavirus outbreak.
Anderson recently said his teammates will have to motivate each other when cricket resumes, and in all likelihood, in front of empty stands.
“We’re lucky (in England) that most Test matches are sold out, certainly the first few days, we get big crowds so motivating yourself isn’t an issue,” Anderson told CNN Sport’s Amanda Davies via Instagram Live.
All cricketing activities in England have been suspended since mid-March due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus. The pandemic has led to either cancellation or postponement of all sporting events, and cricket was no different.