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Once bowlers and coaches work out his weakness and bowl to them, we'll see how good/bad a batsman he is.
After 25-30 averaging 69 with 10 centuries then maybe, but not 1 series.
South Africa isn't the terror it was during the Donald era.
Well he has scored 2500 odd FC runs at pretty much 70 with 10 100s, this coming in State Cricket, South Africa (Tests) and early season CC, all of which are hard places to score runs.
BTW I do realise I am directly plagiarising someone's post from CC.
It doesn't always swing in South Africa but it normally does in England and Anderson at the moment has awesome control. He can make left handers especially look stupid.
Plus, I forgot to mention, Hughes hasn't faced a spinner the quality of Swann either and isn't great against spin from what I've seen.
* Please don't post a picture of Harris.
Yeah Harris isn't even a spinner anyway. Loved it on TMS when Boycs refused to call him anything other than a 'Slow Bowler'.
RIP Craigos. A true CW legend. You will be missed.
However, there's a fair bit to say about that. Anderson seems capable of swinging more cricket-balls than Steyn does; however, when the ball swings for them both, Steyn is capable of bowling the fast outswinger much more regularly, and pitching it in a dangerous spot more, than Anderson. If the ball is swinging properly for any bowler with any old seam-position I'll have Steyn over Anderson in a heartbeat.
Anderson, however, is a much better containing bowler currently than Steyn and also has the ability to bowl the inswinger, which Steyn doesn't. Anderson is also a far, far, far better bowler to left-handed batsmen than Steyn is - Steyn against LHBs can of times look very average. Anderson however has all the tricks - inswinger, outswinger, over-wicket, round-wicket, the 'ole kaboodle.
So under some circumstances I'll have Anderson over Steyn without too much thought - but both are bowlers reliant entirely on swing for their potency.
Take your point about the lefties though. Definitely not half the bowler he is to right-handers.
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