The technique, physiology and painkillers behind James Anderson's longevity as 150th Test looms

James Anderson in action during a practice game in South Africa 
James Anderson is the first specialist bowler to reach the historic Test milestone Credit: Getty Images 

Bowling a cricket ball fast is essentially an exercise in contorting the human body into an unnatural and often painful shape, then delivering the ball with enough pace, accuracy and movement to try and get the batsman out. In Test cricket history, no pace bowler has undergone this task more than James Anderson. He has already delivered 32,359 balls, a number that will mushroom further from Boxing Day.

In Centurion, Anderson will become the ninth cricketer to play 150 Test matches. It is, most obviously, a testament to his multifarious skills. But it is, too, a testament to how Anderson, and England, have managed his body. In some ways this is the most remarkable part of Anderson’s career三级成人视频: simply...

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