England’s talismanic player James Anderson said that he will give his best to play all five Test matches of the Ashes against Australia.
Anderson played all four Test matches against India in the incomplete Test series at home.
I’ll be happy playing three or four matches in Ashes: James Anderson
The 39-year-old returned with 15 wickets from four matches at an average of 24.67 which still shows that he is capable of producing some great spells even though he is at the peak of his career.
Anderson, who was ruled out of the 2019 Ashes at home after playing first Test, said that he would be delighted even if he gets three-four games to play in Australia.
“I went into the India series in our summer, I got myself in the best shape possible to be able to play all five and, after then, you manage it as it goes … I’ll get myself in the best physical shape to play all five, the likelihood of playing all five at my age, to be honest any age in Australia, ” Anderson told Fox Sports.
“We’ve seen Australia do it themselves, they rotate, it does take a lot out of you, especially the heat at some of the venues, so we’ll just have to wait and see. I’ll be hopeful of playing five, but the likelihood is I’ll be happy playing three or four,” he added.
You won’t get much swing in Australia: James Anderson
Anderson has picked 104 wickets in the Ashes from 32 matches only behind his friend Stuart Broad (118) amongst the active bowlers.
England’s stalwart acknowledged the fact that it will be a challenging task for him to bowl in Australia as the condition in Down Under are a bit different than in his own backyard.
“Yeah I think generally it is, not necessarily more difficult, it’s a different way to approach bowling in Australia. As you say, in England, the duke, it swings more often than not, and with the wickets we play on, you can get some seam movement as well, Anderson asserted.
“So going to Australia you know you’re not going to get that much swing, you might get a little bit with the new ball, and then generally it’s about trying to hit good areas, ” he added.
The first Ashes Test between Australia and England will commence on December 8 at the Gabba in Brisbane.