Jimmy Anderson, England’s cold-weather Warne, still the ultimate magician at 40 | Barney Ronay

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England’s greatest bowler has benefited from his country’s focus on Test cricket and the fear is we will not see his like again

For many years there was a Jimmy Anderson poster on the back of London buses advertising a well-known brand of bro-vitamins, the kind of everyday pill that makes men happy, toned, slabbed, thickly coiffured, good at sport, magnetic in social situations and frankly – if I can speak plainly here – stone cold model-handsome. The advert seems to have gone now which is a shame because it was very funny. What made it work was the strapline “I FEEL FANTASTIC”, pasted in throbbing alpha-dog script over a picture of Anderson staring balefully into the camera, looking chiselled and fit as ever, but wearing that familiar expression of a man marooned at a windswept rural bus stop in a pair of rain sodden plimsolls who has, just this moment, taken his first ever bite of celery.

It was never really clear if Anderson was supposed to be saying I feel fantastic, which just doesn’t seem like the kind of thing that would happen, or overhearing someone else saying it and muttering and rolling his eyes, or if this was always intended as a highly sophisticated piece of double-take branding, like hiring Mark E Smith to scoot around in a Mini covered in stickers trying to sell you a portered new-build two-bed in Fulham.

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Written by Barney Ronay
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2022/jul/29/as-jimmy-anderson-turns-40-we-fear-we-will-never-see-his-like-again under the title “Jimmy Anderson, England’s cold-weather Warne, still the ultimate magician at 40 | Barney Ronay”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.