Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Cricket

James Anderson's keen to show his class against Sri Lanka

James Anderson took his one-day frustrations out on Sri Lanka on Wednesday but admitted he still has much to do to transfer his Test form to the limited-overs arena.

Anderson is England's first-choice seamer in the longer form, guaranteed the new ball and starring at home and abroad with his fast-paced swing.

Yet he has been less consistent in ODIs and Twenty20s and is no longer a certainty in either side. Having been on the sidelines during England's World Twenty20 campaign last year, some poor performances saw him dropped during the recent World Cup.

But, restored to the side for the first ODI match of the summer against Sri Lanka, he responded with four for 18 to lead England to a 110-run victory at The Oval.

"It was a frustrating winter in the one-day form, for the team and for me personally," he said.

"I felt like I'd personally not performed to the standards I'd set myself. I was very frustrated and disappointed.

"I was just glad to keep my place in the squad and to get a place in the XI. I was happy to get some wickets but I thought we bowled well as a unit and they could have gone to anyone, luckily they went to me."

Anderson ended Sri Lanka's hopes of chasing down their target of 232 when he removed their best three batsmen - Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara - in his first three overs and is confident he can kick on in the next four games.

The next match is at Headingley tomorrow and Anderson has promised to keep his focus.

"I'd like to think it was just tiredness but whatever it was I've put it behind me," he said.

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here


From Belfast Telegraph