After a horrible winter against Australia, James Anderson has insisted that he wants to prove his worth in the English team.
The Lancashire lad has already started to put in hard yards and is determined to hit the ground running this summer. However, the cynosure for Anderson at the moment is the few matches that he is looking forward with his county side Lancashire as he wants to get in rhythm by utilising these very matches.
Talking exclusively to ecb.co.uk, he said: “From my point of view, I’ve got to really prove that I’m worth my place in the England team.
“That means taking wickets for Lancashire at the start of the season and I’m sure all the bowlers will be doing exactly the same.
“The batsmen are going to have to go out there and score a lot of runs because there will be places up for grabs.
“Form in the early part of the season will be a huge part of getting picked in the team."
It is an obvious fact that this is an end of an era for English Cricket in some description and following the sacking of KP and retirement of Swann, there are places up for grabs.
Also, Cook hasn’t got any permanent opening partner too which opens up another empty place. So, there are going to be quite a few new faces: “There’ll be a few different faces around in the summer and that’s just something we’re going to have to get used to, and quickly,” he said.
“In a way, after a heavy defeat like we had in the winter, it’s actually a good thing to have that sort of fresh start and fresh faces around to give everyone a boost.
“Hopefully we can right the wrongs of the winter when the summer comes around.”
When Anderson's teammates will be busy to get the silverware in Bangladesh, the Lancashire lad will be busy too trying to improvise as much as he can: “I’ve come back in here and worked really hard on my seam position, making sure I’m swinging the ball as much as I ever have and just trying to get that consistency back,” he added.
“From the stuff I’ve been doing I feel really good now. From a technique point of view I’ve been able to build my bowling up, starting with drill work.
“Not back to basics but almost that sort of thing. I went through the check list of is my seam position good, am I swinging the ball? Everything feels good at the moment.”
The way Anderson is training at the moment will really please every English fan and Cook too as Jimmy has always proved out to be a 'genuine match winner' for The Brits. The signs seem to be good, hold on to your hats as Jimmy plans to rip apart the line-ups.
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