England's Anderson Out As Cummins Warns Australia 'tough To Beat'
Brisbane, Australia, Dec 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Dec, 2021 ) :Bowling great Jimmy Anderson was Tuesday left out of the England team for the first Ashes Test as Pat Cummins warned his Australian side boasting some of "the all-time greats" would be tough to beat.
The task for Joe Root's side was made harder on the eve of the Ashes when veteran Anderson -- Test cricket's most prolific fast bowler with 632 wickets -- was not named in England's 12-man match squad for the opening clash at the Gabba.
Anderson was not risked after reportedly suffering a minor calf problem, although England did not give any reason for his omission.
But wicketkeeper Jos Buttler told the BBC: "Jimmy's not going to play but he is fit. It's just precautionary." England are keen to manage the 39-year-old's workload for what will be a gruelling five-match series, with the second Test starting in Adelaide in just nine days' time.
That will be a pink-ball, day-night match with conditions expected to be more helpful to Anderson's swing bowling.
- Root targeted - His absence leaves England to choose four bowlers from Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad and Jack Leach to form the attack alongside returning all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has barely played since July.
A decision on whether to include spinner Leach or go for an all-seam attack will be made after a last look at the Gabba wicket before the toss on Wednesday morning.
"He's obviously a great player and it's a shame that he won't be out there tomorrow, but it doesn't change what we are going to do," said new Australian captain Cummins of Anderson.
"He's going to be right up there as the biggest wicket, he's had a really good last 12 months or so, but I wouldn't necessarily say he's going to make it or break it for them," he said.
"We get along really well and have a lot of fun, so hopefully a tight-knit group. We are enjoying our cricket and we're relentless when we have our chance to play," he added.
England haven't won a Test in Brisbane since 1986 and have only done so four times -- twice in the 1930s, once against the Kerry Packer-weakened 1978-79 Australians and 35 years ago during Ian Botham's heyday But Root insisted the first Test, where showers are forecast, would "not define" their Ashes campaign.
"In many respects we've got nothing to lose coming here for this series.
"Ultimately we've just got to concentrate on what's in front of us right now and starting the Test match well, getting into the series and managing everything else that goes around an Ashes first morning and taking the game from there."Australia: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (capt), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh HazlewoodEngland (from): Joe Root (capt), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood