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Hello Mr Anderson

England’s bowling colossus, James Anderson, uses his military precision to be this month’s model professional

James Anderson, one of English cricket’s greatest ever bowlers and its all-time leading wicket-taker, is standing inside a big red boat on the Thames looking out of a port-hole.

He looks pensive – as if he’s trying to work out how he’s going to get rid of a batsman who’s just tonked him to the boundary – and he’s dressed in a military style, buttoned-up grey/blue jacket with a leafy khaki green buttoned-up shirt underneath.

James Anderson fashion shoot forever sports

Jacket £560 K100 Karrimor by Nigel Cabourn at Flannels; Shirt £50 Duck & Cover; Jumper £60 French Connection; Joggers £30 Topman; Watch £200 Nixon

Right now, you wouldn’t want to get in the way of a shiny red leather cricket ball that was about to leave his hand and arrive fizzing towards your head at close to 90mph – even if he was delivering that ball dressed in this jacket and shirt.

But that (blue) steely look, and his on-pitch menace, belies the real nature of this softly spoken, gentle Lancastrian.

James Anderson fashion shoot forever sports

Coat £750 Moncler at Flannels; T-shirt £15 Topman; Trousers £25.99 Pull & Bear; Bag £75 French Connection; Watch £84 Ice; Socks £3.60 Uniqlo; Shoes £95 Clarks

“It’s been really eye-opening some of the stuff that I’ve worn,” says Anderson when we ask him if he’d ever be seen out in his Cheshire locale in this clobber. “When you’re given it, you’re not sure how it’s going to look but when you actually put it on, it looks great.”

Sadly, or perhaps thankfully, the days of team-mates doing horrible things to each other seem to be over, so Anderson does not need to worry about the results of our style shoot appearing on the wall of the England dressing room during this series against Sri Lanka. “Yeah, we’ve got past that I think,” he says, almost with a tiny sense of relief. “Guys are used to doing this sort of thing now.”

James Anderson fashion shoot forever sports

Sweatshirt £120 Maharishi at Flannels; Trousers £69 Luke; Cap £32 Kangol at Flannels; Socks £3.60 Uniqlo; Trainers £270 Moncler at Flannels

Anderson has no style icons to model himself on, instead preferring to focus on his own look, which he describes as “looking presentable without overdoing it. I try to be comfortable as well as smart.” It’s a look exemplified by the civvies he sports for our chat, consisting of shirt, jeans, shoes and a smart hoodie/cardigan. And it’s a theme that plays out for all his England team-mates, too. “We go out quite a bit for dinner in little groups and if you’re wearing something particularly bad, it gets picked up on and you’ll get a bit of stick. I think we’re all pretty well dressed without going over the top – everyone scrubs up pretty well.”

Everyone that is, apart from the skipper Alastair Cook, who prefers a more simple approach to style, according to Anderson. “When we go on tour for weeks at a time, he’s got one pair of jeans and three polo shirts that he rotates. Oh, and a pair of trainers. That’s pretty much him. He’s more at home in his Wellies.”