England in Australia 2010-11 January 24, 2011

Anderson aims to revive England

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James Anderson hopes his return to the England team can help turn around their poor one-day form which has left them in a must-win situation heading into the fourth ODI at Adelaide. Anderson arrived back in Australia at the weekend following a post-Ashes break back home that left the visitors with a second-string attack.

Along with Anderson's absence for the first three matches, Stuart Broad is also out injured while Graeme Swann hasn't played the last two games due to a knee problem and has also suffered a back spasm. Tim Bresnan has now been forced out of the series with a calf strain so Anderson's return will be a timely boost for the squad. However, he still has to show he's over the effects of another long journey before taking his place.

"To be honest we'll just see how the next couple of days go," he said. "I'll practice tomorrow [Tuesday] and if I come through practice I'll certainly be putting my name forward for selection.

"I'd like to think I bring some energy with both my bowling and fielding. I don't think we are that far away having seen the first three games. We aren't far away from a win and turning the momentum around."

Energy has been a buzzword for England in this series. It's one of the reasons Matt Prior was recalled to the World Cup squad because of the part he plays in the fielding unit and it was noticeable on Sunday, at the SCG, how Paul Collingwood, who replaced the injured Kevin Pietersen, tried to get under Australia's skin.

The end result, though, hasn't proved very effective although the depleted bowling attack has done a reasonable job only to be let down by some poor batting in the last two matches. But despite the scoreline, and the prospect of conceding the series very early, Anderson insists the squad are as buoyant as when he departed in the afterglow of the Ashes.

"I know we are 3-0 down but the dressing room seems just as positive as when I left," he said. "They are still in good spirits. We know we are just one game away from turning the momentum around. We are looking to Wednesday to be a good all-round performance with both bat and ball."

Anderson has twice benefited from England's rotation policy, firstly last winter when he missed the tour of Bangladesh and now this latest break. He was the stand-out bowler during the Ashes, sending down 213 overs in the five Tests for 24 wickets, so was grateful of the down time and believes the current injury problems show how important it is to factor in these periods of rest.

"It was nice to get a break. My body certainly needed it after the Test series," he said. "As you've seen we've got a couple of injuries at the minute. It's crucial that we go into the World Cup with a full-strength squad. The management have made good decisions in the past resting players so I'm sure they are going to do exactly the same leading up to the World Cup."

England will again have to consider the balance of their side at Adelaide because, for two matches running, they have not had the ideal attack for conditions. In Hobart they were a quick bowler short then they strengthened that department on a slow pitch at the SCG where James Tredwell could have been useful.

Spin is likely to play a role in this match, but Anderson has fond memories of what a swing bowler can do following his Test performance. His first-morning burst when he removed Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke to leave Australia 3 for 2 set England on their way to victory. They are desperate for something similar again from their leading bowler.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • pakwellwisher on January 25, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    @JB77 You are a star,couldnt have said it any better.

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Mr. Anderson is ready to create matrix......

  • 5wombats on January 25, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    @JB77; Jeez - you're a barrel of laughs! Talk up Australia if you like - but I haven't seen anything in either The Ashes or this ODI series that suggests that Australia are anything other than mediocre at the moment, especially in the batting. Sure - England ODI are more mediocre - awful to be truthful - but not many England fans, self included ever tried to dress it up. We are realists - and we've had years of being ordinary so most of us know ordinary when we see it. The problem is Australia's now - they have been so good for so so long - it's hard to come to terms with watching anything other than high class cricket from them. England had all this in 1989 - got whipped 4-0 at home by Borders machine. That was a superb batting team - this Australia are not. You give credit where it's due though; "The Ashes are gone, the far better team won" - so for that - respect.

  • on January 25, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    is @jonesy2 Glenn Mcgrath in disguise?

  • on January 25, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    @Marcio: I think you meant your 5th test prediction in Sydney. I read your comments then and well, yes, Aus were robbed by umpires on the Bell dismissal, but even then england would have (or should have) won, maybe not by an innings though. Congrats on your amazing predicion rate. Now i'll stick my neck out and say england are about to lose all the ODI's bar the last one. So the scoreline will be 6-1 in favor of Aus. England will lose in the semis of WC and SA will win the WC. If i were Mcgrath, i would have predicted a 7-0 scoreline for this series and an undefeated aus run through the world cup. Dont think it will happen though.

  • pakwellwisher on January 25, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Its nice to know they are in goodspirits even after being 3-0,would help them cope up with their defeats in the world cup too.

  • JB77 on January 25, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Don't get so defensive my Australian countrymen! Remember - we've seen these types of taunting comments on Cricinfo before. After the 2005 Ashes (Remember? When England were going to be 'the number one team in the world by 2007'?) and again in 2009. The Ashes are gone, the far better team won. Don't waste your time trying to convince the English fans that their team is mediocre because (and this is the brilliant part) the English TEAM will do it for you. It happens time and time again. They'll threaten to really make a mark on world cricket and then BAM! They'll revert to type. So chill. Have a cold one. They're England.

  • on January 25, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Shame to put so much pressure on Jimmy A, the biggest problem has been the batting for sure. I was at the Sydney game and was screaming for Trott to up his run-rate. I reckon they should bring Smith back in to replace Trott, let Bell open the batting and hope to high heaven KP can get a decent knock....a few runs off Mr Collingwood would be a useful addition too (he was by far the best bowler in the Sydney ODI)

  • mistertee on January 25, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    It's all a bit of a bore at the moment . In a nutshell the Ozzies only have to win one more and its goodnight nurse . They seem to be pepped up with their 3 wins so far and No 4 looming should really be their Grand finale . I hope something like an exorcisim has been performed on that Adelaide Oval pitch . ! No boogy's please .

  • auscrktfan on January 25, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    I'm a bit sick of people referring to England as the only depleted or second string side given the players out due to injuries Australia have at the moment as well.. Ponting, M Hussey, Harris, Starc, Hauritz, McKay, etc.. All been very good players in ODI's for Australia over the past 12 months..

  • pakwellwisher on January 25, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    @JB77 You are a star,couldnt have said it any better.

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Mr. Anderson is ready to create matrix......

  • 5wombats on January 25, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    @JB77; Jeez - you're a barrel of laughs! Talk up Australia if you like - but I haven't seen anything in either The Ashes or this ODI series that suggests that Australia are anything other than mediocre at the moment, especially in the batting. Sure - England ODI are more mediocre - awful to be truthful - but not many England fans, self included ever tried to dress it up. We are realists - and we've had years of being ordinary so most of us know ordinary when we see it. The problem is Australia's now - they have been so good for so so long - it's hard to come to terms with watching anything other than high class cricket from them. England had all this in 1989 - got whipped 4-0 at home by Borders machine. That was a superb batting team - this Australia are not. You give credit where it's due though; "The Ashes are gone, the far better team won" - so for that - respect.

  • on January 25, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    is @jonesy2 Glenn Mcgrath in disguise?

  • on January 25, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    @Marcio: I think you meant your 5th test prediction in Sydney. I read your comments then and well, yes, Aus were robbed by umpires on the Bell dismissal, but even then england would have (or should have) won, maybe not by an innings though. Congrats on your amazing predicion rate. Now i'll stick my neck out and say england are about to lose all the ODI's bar the last one. So the scoreline will be 6-1 in favor of Aus. England will lose in the semis of WC and SA will win the WC. If i were Mcgrath, i would have predicted a 7-0 scoreline for this series and an undefeated aus run through the world cup. Dont think it will happen though.

  • pakwellwisher on January 25, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Its nice to know they are in goodspirits even after being 3-0,would help them cope up with their defeats in the world cup too.

  • JB77 on January 25, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Don't get so defensive my Australian countrymen! Remember - we've seen these types of taunting comments on Cricinfo before. After the 2005 Ashes (Remember? When England were going to be 'the number one team in the world by 2007'?) and again in 2009. The Ashes are gone, the far better team won. Don't waste your time trying to convince the English fans that their team is mediocre because (and this is the brilliant part) the English TEAM will do it for you. It happens time and time again. They'll threaten to really make a mark on world cricket and then BAM! They'll revert to type. So chill. Have a cold one. They're England.

  • on January 25, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Shame to put so much pressure on Jimmy A, the biggest problem has been the batting for sure. I was at the Sydney game and was screaming for Trott to up his run-rate. I reckon they should bring Smith back in to replace Trott, let Bell open the batting and hope to high heaven KP can get a decent knock....a few runs off Mr Collingwood would be a useful addition too (he was by far the best bowler in the Sydney ODI)

  • mistertee on January 25, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    It's all a bit of a bore at the moment . In a nutshell the Ozzies only have to win one more and its goodnight nurse . They seem to be pepped up with their 3 wins so far and No 4 looming should really be their Grand finale . I hope something like an exorcisim has been performed on that Adelaide Oval pitch . ! No boogy's please .

  • auscrktfan on January 25, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    I'm a bit sick of people referring to England as the only depleted or second string side given the players out due to injuries Australia have at the moment as well.. Ponting, M Hussey, Harris, Starc, Hauritz, McKay, etc.. All been very good players in ODI's for Australia over the past 12 months..

  • on January 24, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Seriously some if the comments on this page are ridiculous! Don't write England off for the World Cup, sure we're not favourites but with the squad we have you can't write us off. The batsman need to start playing with the 'no fear' approach they've been playing with over the past year and a half which has seen us win every ODI series we've played in since the 6-1 loss to Australia. This is the team I would go with at the moment: 1. Strauss 2. Bell 3. Trott 4. KP 5. Morgan 6. Prior 7. Collingwood 8.Yardy 9.Woakes 10. Shahzad 11. Anderson

    Even though Collingwood is dreadfully out of form we need to stick with him and hope he gets some form with the bat as his all round game will be crucial for us to have a chance at the World Cup.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on January 24, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    @Zaman Abdul; World Cup doesn't start for another month and already you have written England off. Australia wrote England off before the Ashes and look what happened to them! England are not at full strength - but you can bet that Flower will have prepared them. Don't underestimate! World Cup is a funny thing - see how Sri Lanka won it that time - nobody expected that! Anyway - this article is about Anderson - why haven't you mentioned him? He is in the top 10 ODI bowlers for a reason!

  • on January 24, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Once again it goes to show that Englishmen are weak when it comes to ODI . i cant see them getting anywhere near w.c. semi's . wonder what Duncan fletcher & colly had in their mind to predict that they are one of the fav's to win the W.C. I see Aus coming back to form again n Ind & S.L. are the Fav's .England team will make it to the super 8 but when it comes to super 8's they will provide the opportunity for other teams to score 2 points against them.there weak link is there batting , apart from k.P. i dnt see anyone as a match winner both with the bat & ball. but k.P. cant win the W.C. single handedly.so bye bye English boys.

  • xylo on January 24, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    "His first-morning burst when he removed Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke to leave Australia 3 for 2 set England on their way to victory." - In the current scheme of things, I believe the Australian team couldn't ask for more than this to get to a good score!

  • voma on January 24, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Englands 2nd string bowling attack has been reasonable ( as written above ) . ??? . Englands bowlers have been excellent so far in this odi series ! . Considering we have been missing broad , anderson and swann < for the last 2 games . They have removed Australian batsmen quickly throughout all 3 games so far . But unfortunatly our batsmen have been awfull . They need to improve very quickly and start to back up there stats .

  • OwenHynes on January 24, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    England need to start by getting rid of trott, i admit i admire him hes a brill player just not odi, same as cook a lot of people are asking for cook back into the this odi squad but the fact is hes a natural test player same with trott hes a natural test player and a good one at that, comes in at 0.5 over and scores 84no with a strike rate of 70.58 im sorry just not good enough but okay ill be the first to admit without his score we would of lost badly, but swap him for keiswetter an put him opening with straussy swap prior with a genuine all rounder, okay i no that kieswetter wasnt available this series but after the wc i hope he will be back opening, prediction for the wolrd cup, im a mad english fan but its gotta be the aussies i think

  • 5wombats on January 24, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    @James Jaganathan; I thought Sidebottom had retired - maybe you know something? Shah is history - he won't be back in a hurry. Bopara is a thought - but I don't think his face fits at the moment. Sure - Finn is in the squad - not too sure what the thinking is on leaving him out. He's very young - like Woakes only 21 - so if Woakes can play - why noy play Finn? Getting whipped anyway so I agree - why not protect the WC squad players. Must be the air in Australia - drives selectors off the rails!

  • on January 24, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    England could try with Finn and Sidebottom, also bring in Bopara, Shah so that their main players can be secured from any injury issue before the World Cup.. It is very important for them to rest Stuart Broad and Anderson also their key batsman Morgan & Trott before the World Cup. It doesn't matter even if they lose this series badly as World cup is more important than this..

  • 5wombats on January 24, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    @Marcio; Quality! Didn't need a crystal ball to predict the ODI's - it's what normally happens afterall. Kinda noticed the tough bit! Cute comments about the umpires - ha! In your heart of hearts I know you don't believe that - don't try and deny it! You're a tough opponent I'll grant you that - but that put down on maddy - gee that's gotta sting! I'm over in Sydney again in April - I'm buying if you're interested.

  • anikbrad on January 24, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    ENG problem in ODI has always been its batting. THE ARE TOO SLOW EVEN 250-260 IS TOUGH FOR THEM. BOWLING IS GENERALLY TIGHT AND FIELDING IS GOOD. BUT IN IND THEY LOST 6-1. THEY ARE POOR IN ODI AS THEY ARE TRADITIONAL BATING UNIT, NOT ENOUGH POWER PLAYERS EVEN PEITERSON HAS POOR STRIKE RATE AND HE IS HOPED TO BE THE THE BIGGEST HITTER IN THE WORLD. THEY WILL HAVE CHANCE IN WC IF AS A BOLWING UNIT CAN BE EXCELLANT AND CAN RESTRICT OPPONENTS BELOW 250-260 IN INDIAN SOIL, BUT VERY DIFFICULT.

  • on January 24, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    @nair ottappalam,correction bangladesh have only beaten pakistan once in ODI and that was in 1999 world cup

  • Marcio on January 24, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Anderson will be a useful addition, no doubt, as has Brett lee been for AUS. Hey @5Wombats, someone has to stand up to these people, and I'm really tough, so it has to be me. Yeah, and thanks for the kudos about the English "walkabout". I do get a pretty decent prediction rate - 8/9 so far here on cricinfo- so I mustn't be totally stupid. And don't let it be thought that I am not humble. I admit, I did get the 4th test a bit wrong. Of course, we were robbed by the umpires and would have won except for them, so I was actually kinda right - and in your heart of hearts you know its true, and don't try to deny it. So, the winner of the next game will be...

  • nair_ottappalam on January 24, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    @maddy20 Bangladesh is not a cakewalk team anymore. Watch out for them. Over the years they have sprang a few surprises in the world cup events. In a tri series in England, a few years back, they stunned the star-studded Australia. Last year they beat England for the first time in a ODI match. They recently whitewashed New Zealand. They have beaten India and Pakistan quite often. They have managed victories over SA and Sri Lanka also. Dont write them off altogether. As far as the form of current England side is concerned, I am sure that they will bounce back in the World cup and will reach the semi-final, if not the final.

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 24, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Incredibly, England were pre-match favourites for the 3rd ODI and are still 2nd favourites to win the upcoming World Cup. They have shown here that against a good tactician in Cameron White and with a few injuries they are no match for a half decent team.

  • givemefood on January 24, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    It has been a very long trip for the Englishmen. They got the Ashes... They won't get the ODI series. The only question is the morale outcome and how tired they are after the series... Will it affect their WC performance? For Australia, they need to think through what happens post WC. If Ponting and pretty boy Clarke continue with their poor batsmen display, CA will have major holes to fill because, for sure, the duo will run out of their mercy luck.

  • fareeduetian12 on January 24, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    I think england is not a good odi side although they didnot lose a bilateral series in 2010 but still they can be found vulnerable in crictical situations. I think india australia and SL can win dis wc.

    And if Amir and Asif comes back then there is a chance for Pakistan to win as well

  • StarveTheLizard on January 24, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    I think England came out here to win the Ashes. All their focus was on that. They would probably like to win the one-dayers as well but they are more of an afterthought to them. The Aussies, on the other hand, have something to prove.

  • 5wombats on January 24, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Hey @Marcio - boy you were dead right about the "walkabout"! But look - harsh on @maddy20! What did they do to upset you!?

  • on January 24, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    @Marcio Well played!!! Can't stop laughing.

  • 5wombats on January 24, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    @EVH316; the comment you have just commented on is actually a good bit more intelligent than usual. I know - Innings defeats in 3 Tests at Home!!!! It wouldn't be surprising if one or two Aussies got into denial about it - and our friend is one of them.

  • RAVI_BOPARA on January 24, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    eENGLAND WILL STILL END UP BEAT AUSTRALIA 4-3!! HAHA

  • anver777 on January 24, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Anderson is a wicket taking bowler for Eng,they need him very badly for the 4th match to stay alive in the series....... i predict Aussies will win the series 5/2 ......

  • Something_Witty on January 24, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Anderson still doesn't convince me, particularly as an ODI bowler, he has really poor days where you can just tell that he doesn't even want to be there, and just serves up a bunch of tripe. Still, he should add a bit more fire to England's attack.

  • maddy20 on January 24, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    I am sure Aussies will boast after beating a depleted English side. They will be beaten by Bangladesh if they make it to super six!

  • EVH316 on January 24, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    @jonesy2 - intelligent contribution to the discussion. Did you feel that way after Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney?

  • vonster50 on January 24, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    congrats to england on a convincing ashes victory, but the way they have fallen apart must be a worry {injuries,tired, i have even read posts where english supporters say they dont care about one dayers} the next ashes series is 2 years away what happens if anderson and/or broad are tired or injured. the aussies did it for 20 plus years in tests and one dayers in all conditions except india but could beat india at home as convincing as they lost to them away s did the west indies efore them, and as hard as it is to believe ,warne and mcgrath did not play for 20 plus years DEPTH is what makes a champion team not a couple of series wins in a calender year.

  • jonesy2 on January 24, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    yeah whatever andersons gonna get smashed. england are just pathetic none of their players would get games for state teams

  • nzcricket174 on January 24, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Don't worry Jimmy just stay at home for now. Either way it will still be 6-1. Save your energy for the World Cup where you are needed most!

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  • nzcricket174 on January 24, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Don't worry Jimmy just stay at home for now. Either way it will still be 6-1. Save your energy for the World Cup where you are needed most!

  • jonesy2 on January 24, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    yeah whatever andersons gonna get smashed. england are just pathetic none of their players would get games for state teams

  • vonster50 on January 24, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    congrats to england on a convincing ashes victory, but the way they have fallen apart must be a worry {injuries,tired, i have even read posts where english supporters say they dont care about one dayers} the next ashes series is 2 years away what happens if anderson and/or broad are tired or injured. the aussies did it for 20 plus years in tests and one dayers in all conditions except india but could beat india at home as convincing as they lost to them away s did the west indies efore them, and as hard as it is to believe ,warne and mcgrath did not play for 20 plus years DEPTH is what makes a champion team not a couple of series wins in a calender year.

  • EVH316 on January 24, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    @jonesy2 - intelligent contribution to the discussion. Did you feel that way after Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney?

  • maddy20 on January 24, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    I am sure Aussies will boast after beating a depleted English side. They will be beaten by Bangladesh if they make it to super six!

  • Something_Witty on January 24, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Anderson still doesn't convince me, particularly as an ODI bowler, he has really poor days where you can just tell that he doesn't even want to be there, and just serves up a bunch of tripe. Still, he should add a bit more fire to England's attack.

  • anver777 on January 24, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Anderson is a wicket taking bowler for Eng,they need him very badly for the 4th match to stay alive in the series....... i predict Aussies will win the series 5/2 ......

  • RAVI_BOPARA on January 24, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    eENGLAND WILL STILL END UP BEAT AUSTRALIA 4-3!! HAHA

  • 5wombats on January 24, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    @EVH316; the comment you have just commented on is actually a good bit more intelligent than usual. I know - Innings defeats in 3 Tests at Home!!!! It wouldn't be surprising if one or two Aussies got into denial about it - and our friend is one of them.

  • on January 24, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    @Marcio Well played!!! Can't stop laughing.