James Anderson has admitted he is a totally different bowler to the one who made his debut in Melbourne as a raw 20-year-old seamer.
Following his first performance at the MCG when he took 1-46 from just six overs, nobody would have guessed he would be the most important key to England’s success or failure 12 years later.
In a team game it is vital that several players contribute in order to have sustained success, but without Anderson, England would be lost.
He is their most effective Test match bowler by a long chalk, on the cusp of breaking Sir Ian Botham’s long held total wickets record of 383.
And in one day cricket he is their most potent weapon at the start of an innings virtually guaranteeing two early wickets whenever he plays.
Even though Anderson is too modest to say it himself, it is for that reason above all others that England have any sort of a sniff of winning.