Burnley Express set to take on Australia

Last updated : 12 December 2002 By Tony Scholes

It has been a meteoric rise for James who was opening the bowling for Burnley Cricket Club in the Lancashire League in April of this year. In fact as the Clarets ended last season with that 1- win against Coventry Anderson was one Clarets’ fan missing as he was playing for the next door neighbours in their first match of the season away to Bacup.

It has though been a magnificent year for the youngster, now 20, nicknamed the Burnley Express. He was soon unavailable for Burnley because of call ups for Lancashire and made a dramatic entry into first class cricket taking 50 wickets.

On three occasions he took five wickets or more in an innings and all of them came in the vital first innings of games. He took 6-23 at Hampshire, 5-61 at home to Yorkshire and 6-41 in the home game against Somerset.

His performances won him a place at the academy in Australia and it is from there that he has been called up as stand by for the injured Andy Caddick should the Somerset bowler not win his fitness battle.

Anderson said, "I think everyone who plays cricket wants to play for their country and I’m no different. I was concentrating on doing well at the Academy and not even thinking about England."

Anderson has come a long way quickly, less than three years ago he was selling this web site’s editor his season ticket for the Turf, and everyone at Clarets Mad would like to wish Jimmy all the best should he find himself in the side.