Friday, August 12, 2022

James Anderson surprised by England’s positive attitude after 3-0 series win

Over the course of 20 years of Test cricket, James Anderson has endured and survived many different dressing-room regimes. He has served under six head coaches and eight Test captains, in various combinations, all applying (or at least trying to) his whims and ethos, with varying success. So when he says there’s something unique about the environment he’s experiencing under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes, maybe he should be taken seriously.

We are only three matches in this era, despite all the victories, and McCullum has only been in the country for a month. And with India re-arranged the fifth Test of last year’s 2021 series at Edgbaston next Friday, the visitors are set to burst the bubble as part of converting their 2-1 series lead into a 3-1 win Will be Yet after three successful chases, the most notable being their chase of 299 runs in just 50 overs at Trent Bridge, those involved feel they are at the beginning of something really special. And that includes a 39-year-old man who has seen it all. Or at least he thought he had.

“I’ve never been in the dressing room before when we chased 300 (299) on a turning pitch and everyone was so calm we were going to chase them,” Anderson said. “For me, after 20 years of playing international cricket, I had never seen that before.

“You always get some jittery people but from one to 11 and the staff involved were calm and confident. I think trust can go a long way especially with the young players we have. We want to develop their confidence. And the experience, I think it will do wonders for them.”

Anderson played the first two Tests, taking 12 wickets and missing the third with pain in his left ankle, although he admitted that at series stage the pain would have pushed him through. He is likely to return to the attack this week and train on Wednesday alongside Ben Fox, who was dropped mid-game after testing positive for Covid-19. The three fast bowlers who played at Headingley – Stuart Broad, Matthew Potts and Jamie Overton – did not bowl.

Anderson was in the home dressing room to watch England win the series 3-0 in his style. It was another final climax, as he scored 296 runs with ease, with Jonny Bairstow once again hitting a 44-ball 71 as part of a 111-run partnership with Joe Root. (86 not out) in 14.3 overs. As amusing as it was, Anderson admitted to feeling sorry for New Zealand’s attack.

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“I think it’s terrible,” he said, speaking from a bowler’s point of view. “I don’t want to think about anyone coming up to me like this. I thought New Zealand bowled really well, especially in that spell when they gave us 55 for 6, the most I’ve seen. One of the good opening spells. For a long time. But the confidence that our batsmen have at the moment – they are fearless and we saw the way they played. They just want to take the game forward, I think.”

However, Anderson suggested that England’s success so far has been largely due to the condition of the pitches and the 2022 edition of the red deux ball, which tends to be softer earlier, resulting in several ball-changes in the series, some time ago. Normally 80 overs were up. He admitted to being “disappointed” at the sight of the previous Test, as players from both sides regularly contacted the umpire to check the size of the ball.

Anderson said, “It was like, ‘Get on with the game’! But that’s the real disappointment, they get out of shape so quickly, they get so soft, they don’t really swing.” “There’s definitely something fundamentally wrong, something about the ball and it’s annoying to keep changing it. I’m sure the umpires would be pissed too.”

The pitches were flat against New Zealand as well, and while England were able to topple New Zealand, that could prove difficult against India. Although the tourists have hampered the preparations with just one practice match against Leicestershire and Covid issues, among others, have left their captain Rohit Sharma as a selection doubt, if they want to go they will definitely have Has players to match against England. Shot-for-shot. And an attack that may have taken cues from the first four games of this series last summer.

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Anderson said, “You just have to trust yourself and tell yourself to throw your best ball and hope they make a mistake, hope that one of the balls that goes up in the air goes into the hand, or they make a mistake. Get something out.” Assessing how to manage with an incredible ball and a very reliable batting surface.

One theory about the lack of speed seen over the past year or two is the inhibition of saliva to shine the ball. This was initially a temporary measure, to prevent the spread of COVID on the field, but has since been implemented permanently. “Potentially that could happen,” Anderson said. “But I’m not sure that’s going to change anytime soon, certainly in the near future, due to the COVID situation.” He revealed that both sets of bowlers interacted after the last Test, and were in favor of bringing saliva back, but appreciated that that time may have gone.

Still, playing attacking cricket isn’t limited to batting, and Stokes has been a key driver of a Bolsheer approach on the field, even at a time when the game seems to be going away. After taking ten wickets in the match at Leeds, Jack Leach credited Stokes for not pushing the left-arm spinner to his mid-on back over the boundary, and a similar approach to field placing that was adopted for all strikes .

“He’s always thinking and talking to bowlers about different field settings and different ways to get guys out,” Anderson said. “We talk a lot about it in practice off the field as well. It’s really enjoyable to think outside the box because I’m not creative. I’ve always been three slips, alley, cover. To have someone who thinks outside is Stoxie and The box like Brendan’s is really cool.

“When it was swinging at Lord’s we had a lot of slips, we didn’t have any backward points. Just in the eyes of the batsmen trying to get the fielders out and making them think about stuff Was. We’ve had foot slips. It’s constant [about] Looking for an option to take wickets.

ESPNcricinfo. Vithushan Ehantraja is a Sportswriter for

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