Ashes not a disaster to Jimmy
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.”
Jim McNulty celebrates victory with Dale’s travelling supporters after Saturday’s FA Cup win at the Keepmoat Stadium