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Swinger Anderson loses magic mojo

By AAP .
14 December 2013 02:42AM EST

HOWEVER much he tries, England paceman James Anderson just can't seem to get into the swing of things this summer.

Anderson is a world-class bowler whose penchant for swinging the ball has unravelled batsmen all over the world.

But his trademark weapon has been in short supply during the current Ashes series, resulting in just five wickets at an average of 57.6.

It's a far cry from Anderson's last Ashes visit Down Under in 2010/11, when he claimed 24 scalps at an average of 26.

With Anderson largely ineffective so far this series, Australia are 2-0 up and well placed to reclaim the Ashes in Perth after going to stumps on day one at 6-326.

Anderson finished the day with figures of 0-44 from his 17 overs.

But England bowling coach David Saker is confident his strike weapon will soon get the rewards he deserves.

"He'd be the first to say it's been disappointing he hasn't got wickets," Saker said.

"We actually talked about it this week that he needs to get some wickets.

"But for all our bowlers, it's just about doing what they do really well. Don't go searching for wickets. Don't panic - just do what you do really well.

"Jimmy's a really skilful bowler. The ball hasn't swung as much over here than I thought it would.

"But I still think he's bowling some good spells.

"Today again he bowled some fantastic spells without luck."

Saker felt his pace trio of Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan bowled too short at times, allowing Australia to recover from a precarious 5-143 to be in a strong position heading into day two.

"We pride ourselves on being able to hold lengths and hold good areas, bringing the batsmen forward and always making it hard for the opposition to score," Saker said.

"But we found it really hard to do that.

"It can be disappointing when you plan these things and don't do it right."

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