Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

James Anderson: Let's use the past to inspire us

James Anderson is invoking the spirit of 2010/11 as Alastair Cook's England set out to try and make Ashes history this winter.

With the first Test in Brisbane, due to start on Thursday, Anderson is well aware morale-boosting memories of England's success in Australia can help spur the tourists on towards achieving a fourth consecutive Ashes series triumph.

That, famously, has not been achieved by England since the late 1800s and the days of WG Grace.

No one needs to tell Anderson the scale of the achievement which may soon be within England's grasp, or the positive influence he and other senior players can have.

He is one of 11 – 12 including the still injured but recovering Tim Bresnan – who return this time to try to add to the last win Down Under, England's first in almost a quarter-of-a-century.

A clutch of younger, or at any rate less experienced, team-mates are involved this time and Anderson acknowledges that he has a mentor-figure role to play on and off the pitch.

He said: "The guys who have been here before, our job now is to try to pass that on to those who haven't played out here before and try to make them as relaxed as possible going into that first Test.

"We definitely try to remember the positive things, certainly here at the Gabba and each ground we played at."

England looked down and out here three years ago until Cook, Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott produced a remarkable second-innings rearguard to close out an unlikely yet ultimately very comfortable stalemate.

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