Ashes: England reliant on James Anderson, says Adam Gilchrist
By Sam SheringhamBBC Sport at Lord's
Second Test: England v Australia
Venue: Lord's, London
Date: 18-22 July
Start time: 11:00 BST
Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and via the BBC iPlayer Radio app, BBC Sport website & BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on BBC Sport website, app & mobile devices
Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist says the current team can capitalise on England's dependence on James Anderson by taking on the hosts' other bowlers in the second Ashes Test at Lord's.
"Australia hold Anderson in so much higher regard than the rest of the attack," Gilchrist, who dismissed the reported rift between Australia captain Michael Clarke and batsman Shane Watson as "old news", told BBC Sport.
"They are very, very wary of him and concerned about how consistent he is in any conditions.
"Brad Haddin took a strong attack to Steven Finn and even Graeme Swann, who was off his game to an extent.
"That huge feeling of reliance on Anderson, maybe they can use that to their advantage when coming up against the other bowlers."
Gilchrist, a brilliant attacking batsman who claimed 416 Test dismissals, won three Ashes series and three World Cups during a 12-year international career.
He has been in regular contact with the Australian team and paid them a visit after arriving in London on Tuesday morning.
Following a chaotic build-up in which batsman David Warner
was suspended for punching Joe Root
and coach Mickey Arthur was sacked, Gilchrist believes Australia are now a unified camp under new coach Darren Lehmann.
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