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Whether or not it was due to Devon Malcomesque frustration at continually being bounced when taking the nightwatchman role to protect KP, or a preference for early-summer (read: winter) conditions, Jimmy Anderson has been bowling really well recently, and indeed has hardly looked back since his recall to the England side during 2008’s tour of New Zealand.

Whilst Matthew Hoggard (who Anderson replaced in New Zealand) has languished in the international wilderness, Anderson has gone from strength to strength, being named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year. Although it hasn’t all been smooth sailing, the fact that the ‘Burnley Express’ is now the most secure in his place of all England’s fast bowlers is quite a development. His ability to swing the ball both ways is crucial to England’s gameplan, and it’s certainly nice to be able to type his name next to the word ‘reliable’ without have to go via the ‘u’ and ‘n’ keys.

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This is the first in a very occasional series (in no way stolen from the BBC) looking at cult heroes from various cricketing nations. The criteria for selection are entirely made up and subject to change at any time.

  • Ronnie Irani is another player known more in some quarters for his sense of humour than his cricketing achievements. Perhaps remembered best as an England player for making 53 and taking 5-26 in the same match against India, Irani only played in three Test matches, but his transition from Lancashire lad to ‘Mr Essex‘ cemented a loyal following in the South-East (as well as, like Tufnell, a burgeoning media career).

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