Originally Posted by Uppercut
I'm a little reluctant to call swing bowlers unlucky for the amount batsmen play and miss them because it generally shows they're bowling too short. If he was getting dropped all over the place like Sidebottom in 2007 it would be a different story.
Sometimes, he has been. I too am reluctant to call, well, any bowlers really, unlucky for getting constant play-and-misses, because as I've noted, the best bowlers also get that all the time, but they still get the figures in the end. If you're eliciting irregularly-common play-and-misses you need to bowl fuller and, most of all, straighter. Because a play-and-miss to a straight ball = out. Steyn, as a matter of fact, has been something of a master of this in recent times.
But there have certainly been a couple of occasions of late where Anderson has done all he can be expected to and the fielders\Umpires have let him down.
Anderson has only looked like he'd probably be able to tear apart a top-class batting lineup in the past year. Dale Steyn has done it.
Although i don't mean to argue, because i know you broadly agree.
done it - he just hasn't done it as often (anywhere near so in fact) as Steyn has. Anderson has done it a couple of times, Steyn eight or nine.