An­der­son wants bat­ting re­paired for Ashes

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New vice-cap­tain Jimmy An­der­son is cut­ting Eng­land’s bats­men some slack — for now.

But An­der­son con­cedes Eng­land’s patchy bat­ting form isn’t ideal less than two weeks out from the Ashes opener against Aus­tralia.

The tourists col­lapsed spec­tac­u­larly on Fri­day against a Cricket Aus­tralia XI in their Ade­laide tour game — they lost 7-45, in­clud­ing four wick­ets for three runs.

But af­ter set­ting the CA XI 264 runs to win, Eng­land’s pace bowlers made amends by tear­ing through the in­ex­pe­ri­enced Aus­tralians, who slumped to 25-7 be­fore reach­ing 70-7 at stumps.

An­der­son said the bat­ting col­lapse would be ad­dressed postgame.

“It’s not too much of an is­sue now — as long as they’re scor­ing runs in that first test at the Gabba,” An­der­son said. “It’s not ideal, is it? We are hope­fully get­ting it out of the way be­fore the test se­ries starts.

“But it’s some­thing we have got to look at, prob­a­bly have a chat about it af­ter the game as to why it hap-

pened and what we could have done dif­fer­ently to stop it hap­pen­ing — and stop it hap­pen­ing again.”

An­der­son said any un­ease at the bat­ting was tem­pered by the per­for­mance of the bowlers against the CA XI.

With pace­man Jake Ball ruled out of the game be­cause of a sprained an­kle, Chris Woakes took 4-17, Craig Over­ton 2-10 and An­der­son 1-12 from seven overs.

“It was out­stand­ing,” said An­der­son. “The three seam­ers, I thought, bowled re­ally well.”

An­der­son said he would likely be rested from Eng­land’s next tour game, a four-day fix­ture against the CA XI in Townsville start­ing on Wed­nes­day.

The first test against Aus­tralia starts on Novem­ber 23 at the Gabba in Bris­bane.

● Eng­land have sum­moned an­other fast bowler with pace­man Ball’s first Ashes test hopes ap­pear­ing dashed.

The tourists will add Sus­sex seamer Ge­orge Gar­ton to their squad af­ter scans re­vealed Ball suf­fered an­kle lig­a­ment strain while bowl­ing in the tour match in Ade­laide on Thurs­day. Eng­land have al­ready sent fast bowler Steve Finn home be­cause of a knee in­jury, call­ing up Tom Cur­ran as his re­place­ment.

They’re al­ready re­signed to be­ing with­out in­flu­en­tial Ben Stokes for the se­ries as he awaits the out­come of a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a street brawl.

Ball is in doubt for Wed­nes­day’s match and should the tall quick miss that game, he is long-odds to be se­lected for the first test.

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