Veteran England fast bowler James Anderson admitted his frustration after being left out of for the tour to Sri Lanka. England are slated to face Sri Lanka next month for a two-match Test series.

James Anderson overlooked for Sri Lanka series

Bob Willis, South Africa vs England 2019, Boxing Day Test
James Anderson celebrates his wicket. Credit: Getty Images

James Anderson, England’s record wicket-taker, was overlooked for the Sri Lanka series despite declaring himself fit after recovering from a rib injury, due to which he missed a few matches against South Africa.

“It was very frustrating but it happens, there’s not a lot I can do about it,” Anderson, who has taken 584 wickets in 151 Tests, was quoted as saying by metro.co.uk.

James Anderson focused on the season with Lancashire

James Anderson
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After the Test series snub against England, Anderson said, he is focused on the summer and starting the season with Lancashire. He also emphasised on the point that, he is not injured, and has been practising since the last two weeks.

“I’m just focusing on the summer and starting the season with Lancashire, because all I can do is focus on when I can play cricket next and that’s with Lancashire and hopefully I can. ‘I’m not injured. I have been bowling for two weeks now.

“I’ve not had that many county pre-seasons, because I’ve been touring with England most of the time. ‘I am just excited to get outside, I have been inside for most of this winter.’

Anderson, however, has backed his Lancashire teammate Keaton Jennings’ call-up to the England squad. Jennings has not featured for England since the beginning of 2019.

“He had a good season with Lancashire and he has performed with the Lions,” Anderson said.

“I think he is definitely going to have learnt from previous times he has been with England and I think that success he has had in the subcontinent will help him for this tour to Sri Lanka.”

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