No Roses rancour for Anderson

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James Anderson will provide a test for traditional Roses parochialism at Headingley this week.

The pride of Lancashire cricket famously joined England’s ‘300 club’, when he reached and quickly passed his triple-century of Test wickets at Lord’s five days ago.

But tomorrow at Leeds, or maybe over the weekend, another milestone will be well within his range – Fred Trueman’s career tally of 307. Anderson became only the fourth Englishman behind Trueman, Bob Willis and Ian Botham to pass 300.

Should he overtake the late Trueman on his home patch, he can perhaps expect the inevitable mixed feelings among the majority of those present to mutate into slightly eerie celebrations of his 308th Test wicket.

Trueman made Headingley his own many times over, not least when he and Alec Bedser reduced India to none for four on the Yorkshireman’s Test debut in 1952.

Many partisans, and plenty of others too, would doubtless argue the venue belongs eternally to ‘Fiery Fred’.

That is unlikely to present a significant problem to Anderson, rightly lauded by so many – Botham and Willis included over the past week - for his admirably-honed seam-and-swing talents.

It did not matter, by all accounts, to Yorkshiremen or Lancastrians all those years ago that Trueman and his pace ally Brian Statham paired up from either side of the hills in a common cause.

New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling has been ruled out of the Second Test.

Watling hurt his knee during the Black Caps’ defeat at Lord’s and is not fit enough to line-up in Leeds tomorrow.