Ashes not a dis­as­ter to Jimmy

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

JAMES An­der­son in­sists there is no need for a “big up­heaval” af­ter Eng­land’s 4-0 Ashes se­ries de­feat.

The tourists’ un­suc­cess­ful cam­paign con­cluded in Syd­ney where they lost by an in­nings and 123 runs af­ter be­ing bowled out for 180.

It fell to Lancs’ ace An­der­son to ad­dress the press in the ab­sence of cap­tain Joe Root, who was be­lat­edly able to re­sume his at­tempted rear­guard for only an hour up to lunch be­fore re­tir­ing ill again on 58 with se­vere de­hy­dra­tion and then hav­ing to sit out the post-match cer­e­mony.

Vice-cap­tain on this tour in place of Ben Stokes - ab­sent for other rea­sons An­der­son said: “It doesn’t feel like a se­ries where there should be a big up­heaval. It doesn’t feel like a com­pletely dis­as­trous se­ries.

“(But) we’re hurt­ing and we know we’ve got to improve.

“They’ve played the pres­surised mo­ments bet­ter than us, and when they’ve put the pres­sure on us we haven’t re­acted very well.

“Get­ting to 60 and 70 with the bat is not good enough. You’ve got to get big hun­dreds, as they have done.

“It’s all very well bowl­ing well 15-20 overs, but the 25-30 overs can be key overs for a bowler - the pe­ri­ods when you have to stay at your best - and we haven’t done that. We’ve known for a few weeks they’re go­ing to lift the urn, but see­ing them do it in per­son was tough to watch.

“There’s not a lot we can do about it; we’ve not played well enough, and they de­serve to win it.”

He re­mains full of ad­mi­ra­tion for Root.

“He’s not had any sleep, he’s not eaten, he’s had di­ar­rhoea and he’s been vom­it­ing,” said An­der­son.

“To get to the ground was a great ef­fort, and to strap his pads on and bat for as long as he did showed ex­actly what sort of per­son he is.”

Si­mon Hall

Jim McNulty cel­e­brates vic­tory with Dale’s trav­el­ling sup­port­ers af­ter Satur­day’s FA Cup win at the Keep­moat Sta­dium

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