From Jofra Archer to Gus Atkinson: Bowlers who can replace James Anderson

From Jofra Archer to Gus Atkinson: Bowlers who can replace James Anderson

An illustrous career with 700 wickets will be a hard one to replicate, but who can replace James Anderson as he announces his retiremernt

James Anderson, England’s legendary fast bowler, announced his retirement from Test cricket after the 1st Test against West Indies at Lord’s. With an illustrious career boasting 700 Test wickets, Anderson’s departure leaves a gaping hole in England’s bowling lineup, prompting the search for his long-term successor. Let us take a look at the possible replacements.

As England embarks on the search for James Anderson’s successor, each of these contenders brings their unique strengths and abilities to the table. While the task of replacing a stalwart like Anderson is daunting, the emergence of promising talents like Archer, Robinson, Atkinson, Tongue, and Potts offers hope for the future of England’s fast-bowling arsenal.

Jofra Archer

The Barbados-born speedster, despite limited Test appearances (13 Tests), has already made a considerable impact with his raw pace and ability to trouble batsmen. Archer’s hiatus from international cricket due to fitness issues has hindered his progress, but his potential remains undeniable. If he can overcome his injury concerns and make a successful comeback during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Archer could be a strong contender to fill Anderson’s shoes in England’s Test setup.

Ollie Robinson

At 30 years old, Robinson is a relatively late bloomer to Test cricket but has shown glimpses of his potential as a wicket-taking seamer. His standout performances against India and Australia, picking up 11 scalps from four Ashes Tests. in 2021, including a pair of five-wicket hauls, demonstrated his ability to thrive on the international stage. Robinson’s accuracy and ability to swing the ball make him a reliable option for England, particularly in home conditions.

From Jofra Archer to Gus Atkinson: Bowlers who can replace James Anderson as he calls curtains on Test career

Gus Atkinson

Despite awaiting his Test debut, Atkinson’s performances for Surrey in the County Championship and on the international stage have garnered attention. With 20 wickets from five matches last season and a promising display in limited opportunities for England, Atkinson’s ability to generate pace and seam movement positions him as a future prospect for England’s bowling lineup.

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Josh Tongue

Tongue, though hampered by injuries, has showcased his talent with impressive outings in Test cricket. His memorable debut performance against Ireland, where he claimed a five-wicket haul, and subsequent displays against Australia in the Ashes underline his potential as a wicket-taking seamer. Despite ongoing recovery from injury, Tongue’s ability to extract bounce and movement makes him a valuable asset for England’s future Test campaigns.

Matthew Potts

Potts, despite a modest start to the County Championship season, has caught the eye with his performances for the England Lions. His standout debut against New Zealand, where he dismissed Kane Williamson, showcased his ability to trouble top-order batsmen. With the potential to generate bounce and seam movement, Potts offers promise as a future Test prospect for England.


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