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HOT OR NOT: Normal service resumed as Jimmy Anderson shows his brilliance

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s Daniel Matthews reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week.    

How many more superlatives can we find to describe the brilliance of Anderson? After one fruitless performance prompted questions over the 38-year-old’s future, it took only eight balls for normal service to resume in the second Test against Pakistan.

Left-hand bat, in-swinger, front pad, out. And the sun will rise again in the morning.

Surely even his most morose critics cracked half a smile when he claimed the new generation are so bad he’d ‘have to lose an arm and a leg to fall out of the top 50’.

It wouldn’t be half as funny if he was entirely joking.

In tomorrow’s clash with Leeds, each Wigan player’s shirt will carry the name of Rob Burrow and one word of their choice to describe the Rhinos legend.

Burrow revealed last year that he is battling Motor Neurone Disease and the shirts will be auctioned off to raise money for his fund.

In a world full of empty gestures and token tribalism, it is a fantastic initiative.

It is hard not to admire the Atletico Madrid boss and his breathless antics. Supporters want their manager and players to live every moment like they do.

It’s just a shame his side play such uninspiring football. 

In defeat by RB Leipzig they lacked any ambition and deserved nothing more than an early flight home. They won’t be missed.

For weeks we have heard the harrowing allegations of abuse suffered by British gymnasts. The head of the sport’s governing body stayed silent, refused to step down and hasn’t apologised.

When she finally spoke, Allen said that in some cases they ‘have fallen short’ and ‘must do more’. What comfort that will bring alleged victims.

Another week, another madcap story from the Scottish Premiership. After Aberdeen players had a night out in a bar linked to a Covid-19 spike, the Celtic defender played against Kilmarnock after returning from Spain without quarantining. 

Now Celtic’s next two games have been postponed. No wonder his boss Neil Lennon is ‘livid’.

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