Anderson wants batting repaired for Ashes
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.