Pakistan v England 2011-12 February 1, 2012

IPL a step towards England T20 side for Anderson

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James Anderson has said his desire to win a recall to the England Twenty20 squad was the motivation behind his decision to enter into the IPL auction.

Anderson, a key figure in England's ascent to the top of the world Test rankings, is one of several members of the squad who will appear in the auction to be held in Bangalore* on Saturday. Ian Bell, Graeme Swann, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior and Chris Tremlett will also be involved in the auction. Stuart Broad, Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen already have IPL contracts in place.

Anderson, currently third in the ICC Test bowling rankings, said concerns over his hectic schedule had provoked him to think long and hard about whether to put his name forward. He eventually reasoned that if he were to have any chance of earning a recall to the England side that will seek to retain its World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka in September he needed to gain more experience in the format. His last T20I appearance came against South Africa in 2009.

"At the end of the day, I've not played T20 cricket for God knows how long and I want to get back into the England T20 side," Anderson said. "It was a hard thing to weigh up but that's what I went for in the end.

"Having the odd T20 stuck on to the end of a tour isn't going to prepare us for a world tournament. The more exposure guys can get to T20 cricket, the better it is in the long run."

Though Anderson joked he would be handing his phone to the umpire at square leg to ensure he was kept up to date with events at the auction, he insisted that talk of the potential big money on offer would not distract England during the third Test against Pakistan. Anderson has a reserve price of $300,000 in the auction, which will take place on the second day of the Test.

"I think we're professional enough not to talk about something like that during a Test match," Anderson said. "I don't think it's going to be an issue at all. It's something completely separate from what we're involved in at the minute and it's for individuals to talk about outside of the Test match. We won't be talking about it as a team."

Anderson also outlined England's motivation for an improved performance in the final Test of the series against Pakistan. Although Pakistan have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, England require at least a draw to be certain of retaining their top-ranked status. If England lose 3-0 and South Africa subsequently beat New Zealand by the same margin, South Africa would leapfrog England. South Africa would also then win the $175,000 prize money allocated by the ICC to the Test team that is top of the rankings on April 1.

"We don't want to just be one-hit wonders," Anderson said. "Becoming the No. 1 side has been our goal for a number of years. We don't want to have six months of lapping up everyone saying how good we are and then disappearing. We want to stay there as long as we possibly can and that's why we need to win the game on Friday. We also want to be in a really good position when South Africa come to England in the summer.

"Our goal was to become No.1 and, when we became No.1, we wanted to set new goals. As a team we've chatted often about wanting to become the best England team there has ever been. We've not got off to a great start doing that but the beauty of this team is we have got strong characters in the dressing-room, guys that can face up to the pressure."

*05:00 GMT, Feb 2: This story previously said the auction would be held in Mumbai. this has been corrected

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Gizza on February 3, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    @thebrownie, it is hard to say I remember the comments section in actual IPL used to reach 200 on ESPNCricinfo. Regardless of your own views, it shows that there are Indian who like the IPL. We'll see after India's international failures what effect it will have at least on that. We never know for sure the television figures but crowd attendances and comments on major cricket websites like Cricinfo can give a rough indication of how popular a Test series, ODI tournament or T20 league is.

  • on February 2, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    please select pakistani players in ipl.

  • JG2704 on February 2, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Not sure about this. I don't like any of our key test bowlers risking injury/burnout by playing IPL. Also isn't the county season starting earlier this year? Anyway , we're ok at T20 it's OD (and obviously more recently) tests we need to worry about more.

  • zico123 on February 2, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    good decision Jimmy to play IPL, it will give u good exposure playing in subcontinent and playing in T20

  • zico123 on February 2, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    all the best Pakistan you can thrash England 3-0

  • rezmata on February 2, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Lame excuse for the dough!! Anyways he doesnt need to worry abt strain coz he'd never get a game, rather jog to carry drinks.

  • aaronrowles on February 2, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    there is some rubbish on here! He is a fanastic bowler and yes he still performs when the ball isnt moving! 2nd best test seamer in the world suggests he isnt "a medium pacer who does nothing with the ball" which is what you'd be lead to belive! with the likes of Gambhir going for over $2m anderson is a steal at that!! Its a good move on his part too, when else will he get a chance? England wont pick him without a reason too, and there are england games he will be involved in during the domestic T20s

  • on February 2, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    he is a bowler who can do well only in test and that too only outside subcontinent and also in odis outside subcontinet with the new ball but in t20 he is a failure everywhere and anywhere you play him good luck to team who buys him mitchell johnson will be better than him he wont be that good too

  • dharrington16 on February 2, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    It would be good to see some of our national team play in the IPL but you have to worry that it could have a negative effect on their fitness in the English cricket season. As for those saying he's only going to play for the money, of course he is! Just like every other non-Indian player in the IPL.

  • Romenevans on February 2, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Motive is to be in IPL for sake of appearing in it, then fill up your pockets with truck load of cash..perform or don't perform in IPL, doesnt really matter, who cares? (Bank Balance Performs)....Then go back home, thrash India again. Good strategy, earn from them and then smack them on the face.

  • Gizza on February 3, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    @thebrownie, it is hard to say I remember the comments section in actual IPL used to reach 200 on ESPNCricinfo. Regardless of your own views, it shows that there are Indian who like the IPL. We'll see after India's international failures what effect it will have at least on that. We never know for sure the television figures but crowd attendances and comments on major cricket websites like Cricinfo can give a rough indication of how popular a Test series, ODI tournament or T20 league is.

  • on February 2, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    please select pakistani players in ipl.

  • JG2704 on February 2, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Not sure about this. I don't like any of our key test bowlers risking injury/burnout by playing IPL. Also isn't the county season starting earlier this year? Anyway , we're ok at T20 it's OD (and obviously more recently) tests we need to worry about more.

  • zico123 on February 2, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    good decision Jimmy to play IPL, it will give u good exposure playing in subcontinent and playing in T20

  • zico123 on February 2, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    all the best Pakistan you can thrash England 3-0

  • rezmata on February 2, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Lame excuse for the dough!! Anyways he doesnt need to worry abt strain coz he'd never get a game, rather jog to carry drinks.

  • aaronrowles on February 2, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    there is some rubbish on here! He is a fanastic bowler and yes he still performs when the ball isnt moving! 2nd best test seamer in the world suggests he isnt "a medium pacer who does nothing with the ball" which is what you'd be lead to belive! with the likes of Gambhir going for over $2m anderson is a steal at that!! Its a good move on his part too, when else will he get a chance? England wont pick him without a reason too, and there are england games he will be involved in during the domestic T20s

  • on February 2, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    he is a bowler who can do well only in test and that too only outside subcontinent and also in odis outside subcontinet with the new ball but in t20 he is a failure everywhere and anywhere you play him good luck to team who buys him mitchell johnson will be better than him he wont be that good too

  • dharrington16 on February 2, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    It would be good to see some of our national team play in the IPL but you have to worry that it could have a negative effect on their fitness in the English cricket season. As for those saying he's only going to play for the money, of course he is! Just like every other non-Indian player in the IPL.

  • Romenevans on February 2, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Motive is to be in IPL for sake of appearing in it, then fill up your pockets with truck load of cash..perform or don't perform in IPL, doesnt really matter, who cares? (Bank Balance Performs)....Then go back home, thrash India again. Good strategy, earn from them and then smack them on the face.

  • kp289 on February 2, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    instead of going to ipl ...... he can go and play english t20.....bcoz on may 17 england has to play against west indies.... he has play that series...moreover test is important and not t20!!!!...

  • Harry_Kool on February 2, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @ Words, Jimmy. You're dreaming!

  • Harry_Kool on February 2, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Let's see,. the form test teams recently are Pakistan, England, Australia & NZ whose test players mostly don't play in the IPL Is this merely a coincidence?

  • realist1 on February 2, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    @JB77, Haha.. True that!

  • satish619chandar on February 2, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @thebrownie : The thing is, cricket fans love cricket in any form.. Being an Indian, i ll follow even Zimbabwe domestic scores in cricinfo.. Why not IPL? Indian drubbing doesn't mean one should stop watching cricket/T20 matches.. Sports fans will remain fans irrespective of win/loss..

  • siltbreeze on February 2, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    @takenaback & others having a go at Anderson - if you think Jimmy is an ordinary bowler these days you clearly don't follow cricket. He was superb in Australia last winter with a Kookaburra (when people said he couldn't bowl with it) and he has been excellent so far in the UAE. Just look at the groupings on his pitch map to see the control he has these days. Although personally I'd rather he skipped the IPL and concentrated on keeping England the No.1 test team.

  • kasyapm on February 2, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @v_singh and jonesy..not sure of Anderson, but Prior should be picked (if he is in). He is in great form with the bat and would be an ideal pick for any team. For Swann, I see him as a smart bowler with variations, he too should not have a problem. But as budgets and requirements kick in (most of the teams have their first choice XI ready), we have to see how this goes.

  • kasyapm on February 2, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    I don't think it is the money that Anderson is going after, but I have concerns for his performances in other formats after the IPL. Being an Indian fan, I am frustrated when any of our key players misses a tour because of an injury/not resting during IPL (Pujara, Sehwag, Zaheer to name a few). I just hope that it won't be the case with Anderson. He has been a wonderful bowler for them over the last 2-3 years and is a key man in their attack. England has games against SL, WI & SA in April, June & July. Hope he is not injured and hope he doesn't lose his form (like Ishant) after playing in these T20s.

  • Kavum on February 2, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Anyone see a link between Pakistan being shut out of the IPL and their current success as a team?

  • takenaback on February 2, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    300,000? Unbelievable! He is very ordinary when the ball isn't swinging. Not to mention he carries on like a spoilt little brat when things aren't going his way.

  • thebrownie on February 2, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    I was hoping that IPL 5 would be a flop after the Indian drubbing. But going by the comments here, I fear that I would be wrong.

  • JB77 on February 2, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    'James Anderson has said his desire to win a recall to the England Twenty20 squad was the motivation behind his decision to enter into the IPL auction.' Yes. Of course. Nothing at all to do with money.

  • OkyaBokya on February 2, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Swann will have takers may be bcoz of his batting abilities. But Anderson will find it tough to find one.

  • v_singh on February 2, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    agree with jonesy2 and class9ryan.. Even Swann would find it difficult to be 'sold' in the auction.. Bell, Prioir have no chance at all while Bopara has an outside chance due to his all round abilites (bat and bowl). But it would be good to see players from Eng. (current world champs.) performing at the IPL..

  • woodhaven on February 2, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    i think IPl should hire Nasir hossain from bangladesh. he is the next best allrounder in bangladesh after shakib. a true talent

  • crikbuff on February 2, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    This is the beginning of the end for James Anderson! He has not learnt from the state of affairs in Indian cricket! If he has any sense, he will opt out of IPL and focus on playing test cricket!

  • class9ryan on February 2, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Its Great 2 see English Players taking interest in ipl but the E C B will not allow them 2 play for d whole season. Coming 2 Anderson he is not a great T 20 bowler nor has the great varieties like those other T 20 specialist quicks.

  • jonesy2 on February 2, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    who would pick him up? i dont think any of the teams want a medium pacer that goes for 10 runs an over and cant bat

  • OkyaBokya on February 2, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Anderson is one of the best Test bowlers around at the time but I doubt how much he will succeed in IPL. Rare possibility.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 2, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    With all respects to Jimmy, I don't think any IPL team would pick him because of England's international fixtures this spring. Jimmy is the spearhead of the England attack and is vital to England's chances in Sri Lanka. I appreciate Jimmy's enthusiasm towards the IPL and as an Indian supporter I would love to see him in action in the tournament. But let's be realistic folks. It's highly unlikely any of the English stars would even play a part in the tournament.

  • satish619chandar on February 2, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Devastating bowler in subcontinent who can't be hit for boundaries in flat tracks now wants a place in IPL team? I suppose he is not even a permanent member in the Lancashire T20 team.. totally 40 matches and 37 wickets at 8.35.. For 300k$, he is too much.. If CSK decides to pick Swann, he should be the top preferred English player..

  • on February 2, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    so, let me get this straight . you want to use India, and then back stab us after getting your recall. Anderson probably won't play after he gets recalled.

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  • on February 2, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    so, let me get this straight . you want to use India, and then back stab us after getting your recall. Anderson probably won't play after he gets recalled.

  • satish619chandar on February 2, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Devastating bowler in subcontinent who can't be hit for boundaries in flat tracks now wants a place in IPL team? I suppose he is not even a permanent member in the Lancashire T20 team.. totally 40 matches and 37 wickets at 8.35.. For 300k$, he is too much.. If CSK decides to pick Swann, he should be the top preferred English player..

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 2, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    With all respects to Jimmy, I don't think any IPL team would pick him because of England's international fixtures this spring. Jimmy is the spearhead of the England attack and is vital to England's chances in Sri Lanka. I appreciate Jimmy's enthusiasm towards the IPL and as an Indian supporter I would love to see him in action in the tournament. But let's be realistic folks. It's highly unlikely any of the English stars would even play a part in the tournament.

  • OkyaBokya on February 2, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Anderson is one of the best Test bowlers around at the time but I doubt how much he will succeed in IPL. Rare possibility.

  • jonesy2 on February 2, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    who would pick him up? i dont think any of the teams want a medium pacer that goes for 10 runs an over and cant bat

  • class9ryan on February 2, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Its Great 2 see English Players taking interest in ipl but the E C B will not allow them 2 play for d whole season. Coming 2 Anderson he is not a great T 20 bowler nor has the great varieties like those other T 20 specialist quicks.

  • crikbuff on February 2, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    This is the beginning of the end for James Anderson! He has not learnt from the state of affairs in Indian cricket! If he has any sense, he will opt out of IPL and focus on playing test cricket!

  • woodhaven on February 2, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    i think IPl should hire Nasir hossain from bangladesh. he is the next best allrounder in bangladesh after shakib. a true talent

  • v_singh on February 2, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    agree with jonesy2 and class9ryan.. Even Swann would find it difficult to be 'sold' in the auction.. Bell, Prioir have no chance at all while Bopara has an outside chance due to his all round abilites (bat and bowl). But it would be good to see players from Eng. (current world champs.) performing at the IPL..

  • OkyaBokya on February 2, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Swann will have takers may be bcoz of his batting abilities. But Anderson will find it tough to find one.