“I’m not injured. I have been bowling for two weeks now: James Anderson says that leaving out England from the Sri Lanka tour is “very frustrating” as he prepares for the preseason with Lancashire
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James Anderson admitted that it was “very frustrating” to omit the tour from England to Sri Lanka, but insisted that he was looking forward to a full preseason with Lancashire.
Anderson, the leading wicket taker in England, missed the last two test games in their tour to South Africa with a rib injury. The Paceman of Lancashire, however, declared himself fully fit for the two-series of test series in Sri Lanka after the injury, but was overlooked by the selectors so that he could fully prepare for the home season against the West Indies and Pakistan.
Asked at the launch of the new ECB Dynamos Cricket program how disappointed he was to be left out of the 16-man touring party, Anderson said, “It was very frustrating, but it happens, I can’t do much about it . I only focus on the summer and start the season with Lancashire, because I can only focus on when I can play cricket afterwards and that is with Lancashire and hopefully I can.
James Anderson spoke about his frustration because he was left out of the Sri Lanka tour in England
Anderson sustained a rib injury during the tour of England through South Africa, but is now fully fit
“I’m not injured. I have been bowling for two weeks now. I have not had so many provincial seasons, because I have mostly traveled with England. I’m just excited to go outside, I’ve been inside most of this winter. ”
Anderson also supported Lancashire teammate Keaton Jennings to learn from his previous mistakes in an England shirt after the 27-year-old batsman was recalled to the team.
Jennings has not played for England since their consolation against the West Indies in St Lucia in February last year, after which he had only 25 out of 17 test matches on average.
However, his healthier average of 44.44 out of five Tests in Asia has brought him back and Anderson believes this figure could help to push back the bill at the top of the order.
Anderson has supported Lancashire teammate Keaton Jennings to thrive after his recall in England
“He had a good season with Lancashire and he performed with the Lions,” Anderson said.
“I think he will certainly learn from earlier times he has been with England and I think the success he has had in the subcontinent will help him for this tour to Sri Lanka.
“The only thing he can do is perform as well as possible, but I can imagine he won’t look much further ahead than these two test races.”
He spoke at the launch of Dynamos Cricket, the new ECB program for children aged 8-11
James Anderson spoke at the launch of Dynamos Cricket, the new ECB cricket program for children 8-11 years old. Parents can find out more and register their children with dynamoscricket.co.uk.