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On-form Anderson is a matchwinner

Andy Lloyd
ENGLAND have a golden opportunity to take a huge step towards reclaiming the Ashes in the third Test at Edgbaston, starting today.<br /><br />Victory would put Andrew Strauss&rsquo;s men 2-0 up overall, and they would then be confident of batting out for a series-clinching draw at either Headingley or The Oval.<br /><br />This ground usually produces a result and, as long as the weather holds out, I fancy England&rsquo;s chances of emerging victorious.<br /><br />I think we will see the ball move around very much, even more so when there is cloud cover, and that will better suit England&rsquo;s bowlers.<br /><br />James Anderson in particular could be pivotal and I believe that if he bowls at his best the home side will definitely win.<br /><br />Australia&rsquo;s bowlers won&rsquo;t fancy it as much, and I wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised to see them recall Shane Watson, who will relish the conditions more, in place of spinner Nathan Hauritz.<br /><br />For England Ian Bell replaces Kevin Pietersen at No4, but I don&rsquo;t think that weakens them, since KP hasn&rsquo;t been at his best for months.<br /><br />I expect Andrew Flintoff to play this match, despite ongoing knee worries, and then it will be a case of wait and see.<br /><br />But &ndash; if they take charge this weekend &ndash; by the time his joint packs up, England could already have the urn in the bag.