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Ashes 2013/14: George Bailey destroyed James Anderson, England's finest bowler

Alec Stewart says England are unlikely to drop James Anderson for the fourth Ashes Test - even after the seamer conceded 28 off one over.

Anderson has taken just seven wickets in the series to date at an average of 58.42 after being hit around the WACA on day four of the third Test by George Bailey.

Australia's one-day captain plundered 4-6-2-4-6-6 off successive deliveries to match the tally smote by Brian Lara off one over from South African Robin Peterson in 2003.

The salvo propelled Australia to 369-6 declared in their second innings, before England reached stumps on 251-5 - needing another 253 more to prevent Michael Clarke's side regaining the urn.

With Stuart Broad struggling with an injured foot after being struck by a full Mitchell Johnson delivery in England's first innings and Chris Tremlett, Boyd Rankin and Steve Finn overlooked for the first three Tests, Stewart says England need their senior seamer more than ever.


"This over really summed up Australia's dominance - not just in this Test match but throughout the whole series," Stewart told The Ashes Breakfast.

"George Bailey, relatively new to Test match cricket but a fine one-day player, has destroyed England's finest bowler.

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"James Anderson was ranked No 2 in the world coming into this series but he's been made to look like a club bowler against a very good striker of the cricket ball.

"It's not what England wanted but it was certainly what Australia wanted. They took the momentum from that batting straight into the start of their bowling.

"We can all say 'Anderson shouldn't be playing' but who is going to come in? At the start of the series Anderson's place would not have been questioned.

"Let's see how this Test match finishes and then England will have to decide what they are going to do. There's Stuart Broad's injury. Are they going to leave Broad and Anderson out? I'd be loath to do that."


Broad is doubtful for the Boxing Day Test after injuring his right foot while batting in England's first innings and although scans showed he has not broken any bones, he was clearly limping while trying to bat in the nets on day four of the third Test in Perth.

Stewart says that although the all-rounder won't be allowed a runner on the final day of the Test, Broad must strap on the pads when required simply to prove a point to Australia.

"It looks like Stuart Broad won't be able to bat, or if he does, he can't have a runner so the run-scoring opportunities will just be boundaries from him," said Stewart.

"I think Broad has got to bat. There's no point resting him because the series will have gone. So Broad has to get out there even if he just bats at one end it shows his team-mates that he'll go through anything to play for his team and also it shows to Australia that this bloke is up for a fight."

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With Michael Clarke's side poised to regain the Ashes, he added: "Australia have just played far better cricket. England haven't been up to it - they haven't been allowed to play good cricket. You have to compliment Australia because they have been outstanding.

"Shane Watson summed it up when he just about praised every single member in the team - they haven't allowed England to show how good they are and at the moment what we are seeing is a poor England side.

"Both sides prepared well. They will have had plans for everything. Australia have delivered their plans, England haven't and Australia have dominated just about every single day.

"Andy Flower and Alastair Cook can't bat and bowl for the rest of the team," said former skipper Stuart. "The individuals have to do it themselves. It's down to Ben Stokes and Matt Prior in this Test."

Watch highlights of today's play on Sky Sports 2. Our coverage of the fifth and final day of the third Test begins at 2.25am on Tuesday morning.