Way back when Jimmy Anderson was pulled out of playing grade cricket in Australia and asked to join an injury struck England team, nobody would have believed that he would go on to become the terrific bowler that he is today.
England were down in the dumps and facing another humiliating tour Down Under with the Test series lost and the long one-day triseries still left to be played when the call went to the Lancastrian who had gone to play grade cricket in Australia and get some toughening up and experience too. He impressed straightaway and England knew they had a fine prospect.
But as it happens with a lot of youngsters who get carried away when they get picked for their country very early in their careers, Anderson seemed to stray a bit and ignored the hard work ethic and thus got more action on the physios table than on the field.
There was also the effort to be 'hip' by colouring the hair red and such like, so it was no surprise when he found himself on the outside. The best part about being outside is that you start to miss being on the inside and realise that it is a much better place to be, and then if the player is prepared to do the hard yards, then he with the natural talent that he has can come back. That is exactly what Anderson has done.