Anderson calls for balance in English between formats

James Anderson has sounded the alarm about England’s relationship with Test cricket, suggesting that the white ball game has become too dominant.

England’s most capped test player has said the Poms should reconsider their priorities arguing that their red ball game has been neglected amid the focus on improving their white ball cricket.

Only one person in history has played more than James Anderson’s 168 events, the great Indian Sachin Tendulkar, and he has nearly 20 years of experience in the international arena to give his opinion.

The 39-year-old has been stung by the capitulation of the Ashes of England, with the ballot box surrendered after just 12 days of action and three resounding defeats, and it is clear that the players themselves must bear the blame.

But it’s also been around long enough to have seen the trends and priorities in the sport and in decline, and you think the current priorities are wrong.

English cricket revised its outdated relationship with limited play after a terrible performance at the 2015 World Cup and the results are there for all to see: world champions in the same tournament four years later, world number 1 in Twenty20 cricket.

Meanwhile, Joe Root’s test team has entered a period of decline that has yielded a record nine losses in 2021 and a very uncompetitive performance on Australia’s flagship tour.

Anderson said, “It’s hard to start dissecting everything when you’re at this. We don’t want to start thinking about the entire household structure and anything else.”

“But what I am going to say is that I would like to think that maybe the balance between red and white ball cricket is there, in the future.

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“There has been a huge (change of) direction with cue ball cricket, a big push with that since 2015. I think, right now, it’s leaning slightly towards cue ball and has been for the past few years.

“If you look at our performances in test cricket over the past few years, they have been quite inconsistent. So from that point of view, hopefully we can correct that balance a bit.”

The rhythm bowler’s comments echoed those made by skipper Joe Root in the wake of the MCG disaster, where England were eliminated 68 on the third morning to lose the match by one inning.

“It’s a big part of where the game is in our country right now that the only place you can really learn (to play test cricket) is in the most difficult environment for what is a fairly young batting group.

“They have to learn here in the harshest environments.

“You look back at 2015 and the reboot that happened in white ball cricket, and maybe that’s something that should be happening in our red ball game as well.”

As pundits sift through the bones of grief from England’s ashes and administrators ponder possible ways to stop the slide, Anderson and his teammates still have the small matter of two more test matches to prepare.

The mood on social media has been bleak for the past 48 hours, two days that should have seen the final acts of a St. Stephen’s Day test that didn’t even make it halfway, and Anderson left the usual cliches intact. while evaluating morale.

The Lancaster have a hard-won reputation for moody, but he’s not alone in that right now.

“It hasn’t been my favorite tour for sure. The guys are pretty flat right now if I’m brutally honest,” he said.

“We’re down 3-0 in an Ashes series after some pretty poor performances, so it’s hard not to be flat. From that point of view, it hasn’t been fun. Honestly, we came here thinking we could win. I really do. We had that belief and it has been completely taken away from him, we have been defeated by a very good team, I have to say.

“They have dealt with the situation and conditions better than us in the games and we just haven’t been able to cope with the pressure they have put on us. We have to, somehow, in the next few days, change and show people what we’re up to. facts “.

Four years ago Anderson challenged Australia in his backyard as one more star after a painful 4-0 loss, and while he has defied all expectations to do so, he will leave one last time with the same bitter taste. .

“I know I said it last time, but I would be very surprised if it were here in four years!” he said.

“Obviously I didn’t want that to be my last memory of Australia so I came back and this will be it.”

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Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson , David Warner

England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes , Chris Woakes, Mark Wood


First exam: Australia won by nine wickets

Second test: Australia won by 275 runs

Third test: Australia won by one inning and 14 runs.

Fourth test: January 5-9, SCG

Fifth test: January 14-18, Blundstone Arena

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