England legend James Anderson has said the team is prepping up for the Ashes even as they get ready to take on a rejuvenated West Indies in the third and final Test.
On the decider at Lord’s, Anderson was quoted as saying in an AFP report, “You’re always trying to win Test match series. It’s very important to try to build momentum and with this team going forward I think we really need to get some momentum going as it’s an important winter for us. We’ve done some good things over the few months, or maybe 12 months, but not quite got that consistency going yet.”
Reacting to the shock loss at Headingley, Anderson said England are prepared for the Lord’s challenge. “It was disappointing for us after such a performance at Edgbaston. We thought we could build on that and close out the series at Headingley. As bowlers we were confident we could bowl them out, but full credit to the West Indies — I thought they played fantastically well that last day. I thought the West Indies came back very strong.”
On approaching the 500 wickets landmark, he told AFP, “It’s obviously nice. The fact I’ve played for long enough to get this close to 500 is something that I’m very proud of,” he said. “But to be honest, I do try to put it to the back of my mind. I’ve got a job to do this week”
--By A Cricket Correspondent