Adam Gilchrist: 'England too reliant on James Anderson'

England's bowler James Anderson celebrates taking wicket of Australia's Chris Roders during day one of the first Ashes test on July 10, 2013
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Adam Gilchrist says that England's reliance on James Anderson could work in Australia's favour during the Ashes.

Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist believes that England are too reliant on bowler James Anderson, which could be used as an advantage by the tourists.

The 30-year-old took 10 wickets in the opening match of the Ashes, including the decisive one of Brad Haddin, as the Three Lions earned a 14-run victory over the travellers at Trent Bridge to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

However, Gilchrist feels that the Aussies can expose England's dependence on Anderson by attacking Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Steven Finn in the next Test.

"Australia hold Anderson in so much higher regard than the rest of the attack," Gilchrist 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."

The second Test gets underway at Lord's on Thursday.

Steven Finn, James Anderson and Graeme Swann celebrate against South Africa.
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