28 May 2014
Anderson keen to prove 157-run drubbing was a blip
You'll see us play a very positive brand of cricket, says England pacer
James Anderson is confident that England can gel as a unit under Peter Moores to play attractive cricket
England has eight months to prepare for the 50-over World Cup, which it will kickstart against Australia in Melbourne on February 14.
Anderson is confident that England can gel as a unit under Moores to play attractive cricket. "We've got a World Cup in eight months which is not a long way away,” said Anderson. “That in itself means the honeymoon period (under Moores) is going to be very, very short. We've got to concentrate on trying to build up some momentum and form ahead of that World Cup. He's got strong ideas of where he wants the team to go, as has Cookie (Alastair Cook).
“I think over the coming months hopefully you'll see us play a very positive brand of cricket that isn't just getting results on the field but is also good to watch."
With the likes of Chris Jordan and Harry Gurney, Anderson, 31, has some new names around him in the bowling attack, and while he is ready to help them adapt to life on the international stage, he admitted he can learn from them too.
"Certainly from a bowling unit point of view, there's some new guys there that I'm getting used to playing with and talking to," he said. "They've got fresh ideas and things that I hope could help me as well as me helping them. It's an exciting time."
Anderson was disappointed about England's 157-run drubbing in the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka but added that the side will bounce back soon. “Obviously we're very disappointed with the extremely lacklustre performance,” he said. “The guys that have done the press since then have expressed their disappointment in our performance and what we've done today and yesterday has been to really focus on how we are going to put it right on Wednesday (in the third ODI)."
With the series tied at 1-1, Anderson insisted that there was no reason to panic despite such an embarrassing defeat with all still to play for in the remaining three matches.
"We've got three games left in the series to try and show people that was a blip and hopefully that's what it will be. We knew Sri Lanka would come back hard at us - they did that and I think it is going to make for a really good series. But I think there's a strong feeling that we can be successful as a team,” he said.
"That's what we've worked on in the past couple of days - actually playing to our strengths and being positive about our cricket."
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