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Critics of rotation see Anderson’s bluntness, also its benefits

Veteran fast bowler James Anderson has urged critics of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) rotation policy to look at the broader picture of the team given its hectic schedule.

England excluded Johnny Bairstow and Mark Wood from the first two Tests against India due to the rotation policy and now return for the last two Tests.

Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler returned after the first Test, while all-rounder Moeen Ali returned home after the second match. “You should look at the broader picture,” Anderson told the ‘Gordian’ newspaper. The idea behind this was that if I did not play in that Test (second match), then it would give me a chance to get more fit for the pink ball Test and get on the field.

Many former players, including Kevin Pietersen, criticized the ECB policy and said that it should field its best players in this big series against India. Anderson played in the first match of the series and played a key role in England’s victory with five wickets. He was given rest in the second match which India won by 317 runs.

He said, ‘I feel good and refreshed and ready to play again when I get a chance. It is disappointing to a certain extent, but keeping in mind the amount of cricket we have to play, I can look at the big picture.

Anderson said, ‘It is the same for all bowlers, not just me. We have 17 Test matches to play this year and the best way to keep our best players fit and fresh is to give them a little rest in between.

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