Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott believes that if James Anderson bowls at night in the Ashes pink-ball Test, he may cause massive damage to Australia.
The first Test of the new Ashes series will take place on December 8 at the Gabba in Brisbane. The series’ second match will take place at the Adelaide Oval from December 16 to 20, and will be a day/night event.
In an interview with The Barmy Army ahead of the Ashes, Boycott predicted that England may gain an advantage over Australia if they could get Anderson to bowl at the correct time.
“Whoever get the pink ball… it moves around a bit more, and certainly does when nighttime comes – its a day/night Test. If you can manoeuvre the game so that Anderson can bowl at night, he’ll bowl them out in an hour and a half. He’ll be unplayable.”
At home, Australia has yet to lose a pink-ball Test. They rolled over India for 36 in the second innings and won the Test by eight wickets the last time they played a day/night match in Adelaide, in December 2020.
The 2018 Ashes will also see the return to international cricket of seasoned all-rounder Ben Stokes after a mental health hiatus. Stokes was absent from both the home series against India and the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Ashes 2021
“Ben Stokes is the crucial factor. Not because he is a great player – he is. As a batsman, who can bowl a bit and catch, his enthusiasm is infectious. He adds balance to the team.” he said
“(For bowlers) Create pressure. Australians like to score. Because they play on good pitches, they are used to scoring runs and not being tied down. You’ve got to tie them down. (For batters) You must concentrate. You’ve got to have tunnel vision. Focus on the bowling only. Patience, concentration and, above all, stay in. You can’t make runs in the pavilion.” Boycott elaborated
The 2019 Ashes series is now even at 2-2. Australia, on the other hand, kept the urn because it had won the previous edition.