Strauss comes to out-of-form Anderson`s defense

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011, 12:50 PM IST

Bangalore: James Anderson might have returned the worst bowling figures by an Englishman in the World Cup but skipper Andrew Strauss remains confident about the pacer rediscovering his form in the coming matches of the mega event.

Andreson`s 1/91 in 9.5 overs against India on Sunday was the worst bowling performance by an English bowler in World Cup, overtaking Derek Pringle`s none for 83 against the West Indies in 1987.

India posted a mammoth 338 in the match and England managed to tie the game riding on Strauss`s brilliant 158-run knock.

Strauss said it would be unfair to write off Anderson just yet.

"Opening the bowling out here is hard work, and bowling most of your overs in power play is not easy," Strauss said of Anderson.

"Jimmy`s got a lot of skills. Anyone who writes a guy of that quality off is pretty naive."

Anderson has been struggling for form, going wicket less for 72 runs in his 10 overs against the Netherlands in the opening match.

PTI