An­der­son des­per­ate to prove the crit­ics wrong

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport Second Ashes Test - By Nick Hoult in Ade­laide

James An­der­son is mo­ti­vated to prove wrong those who have writ­ten him off as too old as he closes in on his best year for Eng­land since 2010. An­der­son’s first five-wicket haul in Aus­tralia in his 15th Test and fourth tour was one more notch on the list of ac­com­plish­ments for Eng­land’s high­est-ever wick­et­taker and took his tally for the cal­en­dar year to 47.

“Every­thing has clicked. I have felt in good rhythm all year. I feel like I am bowl­ing as well I have and my body is in good shape,” he said. “Peo­ple keep telling me I am about to fin­ish and re­tire so I want to show them I still have wick­ets in me. I have shown that this week and hope­fully that can con­tinue for the rest of this trip.

“I don’t want to think about the fu­ture too much. I am lov­ing play­ing with this group of blokes. As long as I am bowl­ing well and do­ing my­self jus­tice on the field I am go­ing to keep play­ing.”

When An­der­son col­lapsed with a nasty groin strain in June this year, there were some doubts he would even still be play­ing by the time Eng­land left for Aus­tralia. But a bril­liant sum­mer fol­lowed, when he took his 500th Test wicket, and it must be a huge re­lief to Joe Root that An­der­son is still fir­ing so ef­fec­tively. Not only do they need his bowl­ing skills, but also badly need his will­ing­ness to go toe-to-toe with Aus­tralia ver­bally.

But­ter would not melt when An­der­son was asked about “bul­ly­ing” from the Aus­tralians that he ref­er­enced in his Daily Tele­graph col­umn last week.

“They have been fairly quiet … sur­pris­ingly,” he said when asked about sledg­ing in this Test. An­der­son en­joyed wind­ing up Steve Smith on day one in Ade­laide, stand­ing in his way at short mid-on as a tac­tic to wind up the Aus­tralia cap­tain which has worked.

“It is about try­ing to get some­one out of their bub­ble and un­set­tled,” said An­der­son. “At that point in time Steve seemed more in­ter­ested in chat­ting to me and Stu­art [Broad] than fo­cus­ing on his job. That is a job well done for us.”

An­der­son knew he bowled too short on day one and it was the fail­ure to cap­i­talise with bat and ball that led to the fight­back. “We were re­ally an­noyed with how we played on the first cou­ple of days,” he said.

“We did not do our­selves jus­tice in those two in­nings with the ball and the bat and we wanted to show we have good char­ac­ters in this team to get our­selves back into games by fight­ing hard and play­ing well.”

Ev­er­green: James An­der­son says he will con­tinue to play as long as he is per­form­ing well

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