Defeat against New Zealand was a "real wake-up call" - Anderson

back icon
safari
22 Jun 2021 | 06:09 AM
authorcricket.com staff

Defeat against New Zealand was a "real wake-up call" - Anderson

The paceman himself had a poor series, picking up just three wickets at an average of 68.66

England fast bowler James Anderson said the 1-0 defeat in the two-Test series against New Zealand was a perfect "wake-up call" for him and his team. The hosts were blown away by the Black Caps in the second Test at Edgbaston and suffered a first home series defeat in seven years.

"I'm trying to think of some positives to take out of the series, but there's really not that many. There were a couple of notable performances, but we were a bit off," said Anderson, speaking on the Tailenders podcast.

"It was a real wake-up call for us as a team. We're not quite where we think we are. We just weren't good enough and New Zealand were great."

The 38-year-old fast bowler became England's most-capped Test player at Edgbaston after going past Sir Alastair Cook's record of 161 Tests. In the series against New Zealand, Anderson claimed only three wickets at an average of 68.66.

"For me, personally I didn't have enough cricket going in. I bowled 24 overs for Lancashire before it, which again is not an excuse - it's just not ideal preparation. I felt rusty and then felt great on the last day, when they needed 37 to win! Now I've got three weeks off."

Anderson also spoke about Ollie Robinson who was suspended (pending an investigation) after the revelation of his historical racist and sexist tweets.

"He spoke to the group and was very remorseful, embarrassed and regretted what he'd done. We're doing everything we can to make sure we get educated. We've been doing workshops with the Professional Cricketers' Association, trying to educate people as we move forward as a team," said Anderson.

"We've realised as international sportsmen we've got a platform and we should be using it in the right way. We'll keep learning and trying to get better as people, and that's all we can do."

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
New Zealand tour of England, 2021EnglandJames Anderson

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Thought I wasn't good enough to play Tests: Anderson
The England fast bowler is on the verge of becoming the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket
usercricket.com staff
10 Jun 2021
safari
NEWS
England team has accepted Robinson's apology: Anderson
Anderson also expressed support for the suspended pacer on behalf of the side
usercricket.com staff
08 Jun 2021
safari
NEWS
Anderson says equalling Cook record will be 'mind-blowing'
The paceman will draw level with retired former captain's mark of 161 Tests if he plays the first Test against New Zealand
userAFP
30 May 2021
safari
NEWS
"Why should I start slowing down?" - Anderson draws inspiration from Ibrahimovic and Federer
The fourth highest wicket-taker in Test cricket is looking forward to the home series against New Zealand and India
usercricket.com staff
06 May 2021
safari
NEWS
Anderson's sights on 2021/22 Ashes as he joins '600 club'
Anderson will be nearly 40 when England begin their quest to regain the urn from their arch-rivals
userAFP
26 Aug 2020
safari
NEWS
Anderson 'still hungry' as he quashes retirement speculations
The 38-year-old is now in sight of becoming the first pace bowler to take 600 Test wickets
userAFP
10 Aug 2020
safari
FEATURE
James Anderson: A tireless workhorse who has aged well with time
The England great turns 38 today. On his birthday, we look at various phases in his career
userPramod Ananth
30 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Anderson calls for action to tackle racism in cricket
Anderson said cricket needed to do more, referring to research by ESPNcricinfo that there is currently just one state-educated black player in English county cricket
userAFP
12 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
Coronavirus break could prolong my career by "a year or two", says Anderson
The pacer is part of the 55-member group that has been asked by the ECB to return to training, ahead of the West Indies Test series
userPTI
02 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
No crowds, no problem for James Anderson
England cricketers are set to return to limited individual training next week, with bowlers such as Anderson leading the way
userAFP
16 May 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved