[caption id="attachment_622212" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-622212" alt="James Anderson Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/James-Anderson.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> James Anderson Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>With the upcoming <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Ashes" target="_blank">Ashes</a> already starting to heat things up, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/England" target="_blank">England</a>'s fast bowler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/James-Anderson" target="_blank">James Anderson</a> meanwhile is struggling to hold his spot in the national side, and it could well be the case for the upcoming Ashes to be held Down Under. Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Australia" target="_blank">Australian</a> skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Ian-Chappell" target="_blank">Ian Chappell</a> too feels the same. Anderson, who turns 35 in July end, has been struggling with a number of injuries since the past year, making his selection and participation in the Ashes an uncertainty. Meanwhile, Chappell also feels that Anderson has a lot to prove in Australia, while judging by his performance so far, it would be difficult for him to grab a spot in the English side. <strong><a title="Ashes 2017-18: CA confirms tickets sale date for Perth Test" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ashes-2017-18-cricket-australia-confirms-tickets-sale-date-for-perth-test-616849">Ashes 2017-18: CA confirms tickets sale date for Perth Test</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"I think he s got a lot to prove in Australia and what he s shown so far he might be lucky to hold a spot in Australia. [New ball partner Stuart] Broad s got a better record than him in Australia. Broad s style of bowling is perhaps better suited to Australia and then when you ve got Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes, I like the look of Mark Wood, Jake Ball is a pretty reasonable [fast bowler], they ve got a lot of good young quicks around so I wouldn t see James Anderson as a certainty in the [team]. I think he ll come to Australia but I don t necessarily see him as a certainty in the XI," said Ian on <em>The Unplayable Podcast</em>. <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile, former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy too commented on Anderson's chances in Ashes 2017-18. "I think he s even said that in the past. Then it s a real Test of his stamina to bowl long, long spells in hot old Australia where the ball doesn t swing for long when it s brand new and doesn t reverse as much as his England one [ball] reverses later on in the innings," said Healy on <em>The Unplayable Podcast</em>. <strong><a title="Ashes 2017-18: Warner issues fresh warning to CA following pay dispute" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ashes-2017-18-david-warner-issues-fresh-warning-to-ca-following-pay-dispute-613239">Ashes 2017-18: Warner issues fresh warning to CA following pay dispute</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"That Dukes ball gives the bowler a lot more pleasure than the Kookaburra ball it s hard slog, flatter seam, not swinging as much. You need to have some stamina and endurance and he hasn t. Basically, they come out here after their summer, so it s hard work. Whenever an Australian team goes to England or and England team comes to Australia they can sometimes be tired, especially the fast bowlers. [England] will be managing him as best they can to see if he can cause some trouble in Australia," Healy added. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking on Australia's chances against the English spinners, Chappell said, "I don t think they re going to get away with Moeen Ali in Australia. Sure, if he s your second spinner then fine. They need a frontline spinner. I don t know whether Mason Crane is going to be that far advanced by the time they get here but if they ve got thoughts of bringing him to Australia I think they should play him in a couple of Tests in England first." <p></p> <p></p>"I don t think Adil Rashid will work in Australia the Australians will take a toll on him. [The BBL] is a game where batsmen will get themselves out. When the bowler has got to get them out I think that s when he ll struggle. I don t think he d give the Australian batsmen much trouble," he concluded.