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With the upcoming Ashes already starting to heat things up, England‘s fast bowler James Anderson 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 Australian skipper Ian Chappell 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. Ashes 2017-18: CA confirms tickets sale date for Perth Test

“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 The Unplayable Podcast.

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 The Unplayable Podcast. Ashes 2017-18: Warner issues fresh warning to CA following pay dispute

“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.

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.”

“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.