An­der­son con­fi­dent Eng­land can erase rusti­ness

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JAMES AN­DER­SON fin­ished Eng­land’s drawn Ashes tour opener against a Western Aus­tralia XI with a spring in his step and four hard-earned wick­ets.

He con­ceded nonethe­less, after he and the re­main­der of the at­tack were put un­der pres­sure by un­her­alded bats­men Josh Philippe (88) and Clint Hinch­liffe (75), that Eng­land made a rusty start on the sec­ond and fi­nal day at the WACA.

Thanks largely to An­der­son’s 4-27 – all his wick­ets com­ing in im­pres­sive sec­ond and third spells – Eng­land re­stricted their sec­ond-string op­po­nents to 338 all out in re­ply to 349-6 de­clared.

They can there­fore head east to Ade­laide early this morn­ing sat­is­fied that prepa­ra­tions for the first Test in Bris­bane at the end of this month are slightly more ad­vanced.

“I think you could prob­a­bly see from the first ses­sion we were rusty ... that was pretty ob­vi­ous,” said An­der­son.

“We didn’t get it right at all. (But) we’ve got two first-class games com­ing up that we want to be fit for, and get those cob­webs out.”

An­der­son and his Test pace part­ner Stu­art Broad both strug­gled to find lat­eral move­ment against 20-year-old opener Philippe, who chanced his arm and timed the ball beau­ti­fully for 16 fours off 92 balls.

“I didn’t have much rhythm first up,” added An­der­son.

“It didn’t feel great, and there wasn’t much swing ei­ther with the new ball. But then I thought I got bet­ter as the day went on, and most of the bowlers would prob­a­bly say the same ... I thought we grad­u­ally got there in the end.”

Broad, ar­guably, strug­gled most but did fin­ish the day with a tailend wicket in his 13th and fi­nal over.

“There’s go­ing to be guys that are more rusty than oth­ers,” said An­der­son.

“I thought Broady bowled a re­ally good spell with the (sec­ond) new ball, at the back end there – and that spell at 5 or 5.30 in the af­ter­noon can be just as cru­cial as the ones first thing in the morn­ing – so get­ting used to com­ing back and bowl­ing those spells is re­ally use­ful for us.”

Philippe had a golden day, and re­vealed af­ter­wards that his string of early bound­aries caused Eng­land’s all-time lead­ing wick­et­taker a lit­tle frus­tra­tion.

“I thought there was noth­ing to lose ... a great op­por­tu­nity to play against some world-class bowlers, so I just thought I’d go out and have a bit of fun – and it worked out all right,” he said.

“Jimmy An­der­son wasn’t too im­pressed early doors, but I just sort of laughed it off, be­cause it was great to be out there and a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Ev­er­green An­der­son ad­mit­ted he was im­pressed by the rookie opener.

“He was pretty good,” added the Eng­land vet­eran.

“He ob­vi­ously threw his hands at ev­ery­thing, and on a flat pitch he got away with a lot. But I thought he timed the ball bril­liantly.”

Di­rec­tor of Eng­land cricket An­drew Strauss, mean­while, is keen to see Ben Stokes’s fu­ture re- solved as Eng­land count down to the Ashes.

Stokes re­mains in Eng­land wait­ing to hear whether Avon & Som­er­set Po­lice will charge him after his ar­rest on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm in Bris­tol on Septem­ber 25.

The 26-year-old was re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and Eng­land coach Trevor Bayliss has ruled out his in­volve­ment in the Ashes, with Strauss ea­ger to see a res­o­lu­tion.

“The sit­u­a­tion – in a word – is com­pli­cated,” said the for­mer Eng­land cap­tain in a ra­dio in­ter­view yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“There are two dif­fer­ent poten- tial dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures he has to go through, one is the ECB’s own in­ter­nal one and the other is any po­ten­tial po­lice ac­tion.

“Un­til we know more from the po­lice it’s very hard for us to put a time­line on any­thing.

“What we all want is clar­ity on what that sit­u­a­tion is and how much cricket he will be miss­ing for Eng­land.

“We’re keen to get into that and move this for­ward but we’re in the hands of the po­lice.

“Ben has been and is de­vel­op­ing into a world-class crick­eter. The fact he’s not out there at the mo­ment is a blow to the Eng­land team.”

There’s go­ing to be guys that are more rusty than oth­ers. Eng­land bowler James An­der­son, fol­low­ing the drawn Ashes tour game at Perth.

START­ING OUT: Eng­land bowler James An­der­son, right, ad­mits the tourists need to blow a few cob­webs away ahead of the open­ing Ashes Test.

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