'My god, she's Beautiful', remarked England's James Anderson on seeing Stuart Broad for first time

Anderson wrote: The first time Stuart Broad walked into the dressing room, with his flowing blond hair, striking blue eyes and perfect figure, I thought: 'My God, she's beautiful'.

Press Trust of India, May 22, 2019 22:09:42 IST

London: "My God, she's beautiful," was what Jimmy Anderson thought when he first saw fellow England pacer Stuart Broad with his flowing blond hair, striking blue eyes and a perfect figure.

Anderson, the leading Test wicket taker among fast bowlers, revealed this in his new book, 'Bowl. Sleep. Repeat.'

The 36-year-old, who has taken 575 wickets from 148 Tests, also wrote about off-spinner Graeme Swann's 'loudest fart' during a team meeting addressed by coach Andy Flower.

James Anderson (L)

James Anderson (L) was a little too impressed by Stuart Broad's persona when they first met. Reuters

"The first time Stuart Broad walked into the dressing room, with his flowing blond hair, striking blue eyes and perfect figure, I thought: 'My God, she's beautiful'.

"It's surreal we've taken more than 1,000 wickets between us," Anderson wrote in the book, excerpts of which were published by British tabloid 'The Sun'.

"We've never been in competition as bowlers because our skills are different. Stuart has been under pressure at times from bowlers who get steep bounce and move the ball off the seam and I have from the skiddier ones who swing the ball. It's never been me or him in selection," the pacer, known for his swing bowling, wrote.

Anderson said that part of the duo's evolution as partners has been talking a lot.

"We've always had the attitude that fast bowling is something you do in partnerships. The conversation has really helped us. 'Shall I try this?' 'No, stick to the plan.' We'll be checking each other all the time."

Anderson said that after Broad was hit in the face by a bouncer against India at Old Trafford in 2014, he had dreams in which he "imagined cricket balls flying at him, waking up bolt upright in bed".

"A common initial misconception of Stuart in the early days was that he was a bit of a show pony. He's not. He works so hard," Anderson wrote.

"We share a car to grounds now. He's really into R'n'B, rap and grime. I've always wondered how a gangly, geeky guy from public school has found such an affinity with that sort of music.

"We have one vital shared interest. Everyone else wants to get in early to start practising. Broady and I would rather have another half-hour in bed. We try to get there at the last possible moment."

About Swann's fart during a team meeting, Anderson wrote: "I remember when Andy Flower had taken over and we were having a team talk. Flower required a respectful silence when he was speaking.

"Halfway through, Swanny farted. It was loud. To this day, the loudest fart I've ever heard. Flower looked at him, in borderline shock, then paused. Swanny apologised.

Flower continued but then reconsidered, stopped and turned back to Swanny, pointing his finger in his face: 'Actually, that is out of order'.

"Swanny held his ground. He said: 'I've said sorry once, I'm not doing it again'.

Updated Date: May 22, 2019 22:09:42 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254