Itching to get back in the England dressing room: Anderson

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15 Aug 2022 | 03:44 PM
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Itching to get back in the England dressing room: Anderson

James Anderson gets behind England’s new approach in the longest format

Under the tutelage of their new head coach, Brendon McCullum, the Three Lions are looking like a completely different side. In just four Tests, Ben Stokes-led England have not only gone past India and New Zealand but have impressed one and all with their aggressive game style in the longest format of the sport. 

The aggression has not just been limited with the bat, as the Three Lions have equally been impressive with the ball in hand. 40-year-old James Anderson admits that the team’s incredible revival has made him eager to return to the setup.  

"I've been itching to get back in the dressing room to be honest," said the 40-year-old.

"Those four Tests were incredible. Obviously what we did on the field was great, but the energy in the dressing room was brilliant.

"I felt as happy as I have done in an England dressing room for a number of years, so the last five weeks I've just been itching to get back in there. I don't think it has to come unstuck at all," he said.

While several cricketers, including Australian legend Glenn McGrath have applauded the new and aggressive approach from the Three Lions, it remains to be seen as to how feasible it is over the long term. But Anderson believes that working hard will allow England to have a winning mindset – both with the bat and the ball. 

"If we keep working hard at what we're doing we now know we've got the ability to chase anything down and we've got the ability to take wickets in any conditions.

"There may be times when we can't go hell for leather with the bat and maybe we have to soak up a bit of pressure at times and just be smart about when we put pressure back on the opposition.

England will now clash in a three-match Test series against South Africa, starting August 17, where their aggressive tactics will once again be put to test. 

"I think if we add that into our already entertaining mindset and be proactive and aggressive in the nature we play I think we can keep doing it."

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