England in Australia 2010-11 January 24, 2011

Anderson aims to revive England


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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  • S.shah on January 25, 2011, 15:16 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2011, 11:33 GMT

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

  • Martin 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.

  • Dummy4 on January 25, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    is @jonesy2 Glenn Mcgrath in disguise?

  • Dummy4 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.

  • S.shah 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.

  • Jordan 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.

  • Dummy4 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)

  • Graham 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 .

  • Nick 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..

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