“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.”
“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.”
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.
“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.
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