Anderson ready to fight for one-day place
James Anderson is willing to fight for his England one-day place after being dropped during the World Cup campaign. He was left out of the crunch final group game against West Indies and quarter-final against Sri Lanka after a forgettable tournament where he conceded more than six runs per over.
His only telling contribution was an incisive display of reverse swing against South Africa as England clung on for a six-run victory, but either side of that he was treated harshly including at the hands of Netherlands and Ireland. It was far removed from his heroics during the Ashes where he led the attack in world-class fashion by taking 24 wickets at 26.04
"I couldn't argue when I was left out. I hadn't done anything to keep my place, I wasn't bowling well," Anderson told the Manchester Evening News. "I found it tough and in a competition like the World Cup if you are not on top of your game you get found out, and I got punished.
"My body just wasn't working as well as it should have been. I felt quite fatigued, although mentally I felt fresh. I now have work to do to get back in the one-day side. I want to play for England as much as I can."
Anderson's first chance to reclaim his one-day spot will be against Sri Lanka in June, where he will have to jostle with the likes of Chris Woakes, Chris Tremlett, Jade Dernbach and Ajmal Shahzad for a place, but before then there is a the three-Test series to prepare for. He was shattered after the long winter, however following a month resting he will return to Lancashire colours against Warwickshire on May 4 having trained with the squad at Aigburth during the match against Somerset.
"It is nice to be back with the Lancashire lads," he said. "But with the way they have started the season it will be difficult to get into the side."