I want to play in Ashes finale: Anderson

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    England star James Anderson is desperate to send Australia a message by playing in the fifth Test at The Oval starting on Wednesday.

    Even though the match is a dead-rubber and Anderson seems in need of a rest, the strike bowler feels he has unfinished business in this series and a point to prove ahead of the return Ashes in the summer.

    Anderson took 10 wickets in a match-winning performance in the first Test at Trent Bridge.

    But since then he’s struggled to back that effort up and in the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street he was particularly toothless.

    Despite being the undisputed leader of the England attack, Anderson has the worst bowling average in the side, going at 31.11 with 17 wickets.

    There are calls for Anderson to be wrapped in cotton wool with so much more Ashes cricket still to come, but Anderson has spoken out pleading to be retained for The Oval.

    “I desperately want to play in the fifth Test, not only to finish what we started but also to try to rediscover the form that I admit has not been as I would have liked in the last couple of matches,” Anderson wrote in the Daily Mail.

    “I know it is pretty impossible to perform at 100 per cent in every match, but I’m my own harshest critic and, by the standards I set myself, I did not bowl as well as I can at Old Trafford or the Riverside.

    “That makes me want to play this week to try to find out what has been missing and work out how I can get it back.

    “Physically, there is nothing to suggest I need a rest. I am nowhere near the state of exhaustion that hit me when I was left out of the side in the last World Cup in India and Sri Lanka, when, at the end of a winter which included our brilliant but draining 2010-11 Ashes tour, I more or less hit the wall.”

    Meanwhile, Australian great Adam Gilchrist has called for Ryan Harris to be played for an unprecedented fourth-straight Test match.

    Gilchrist said that unless Harris had a genuine niggle, he should play, regardless of the fact the series is over.

    As Australia’s great success story for the series, along with opener Chris Rogers, Harris deserves a chance to finish strong and lay a marker for the coming series, according to Gilchrist.

    “While mindful of the opportunity to rest guys who may be injured and therefore miss future matches, I think Ryan himself deep down would dearly like to play at The Oval,” Gilchrist wrote on EspnCricinfo.

    “When you’ve missed as much cricket as he has through injury, and don’t know how much you have left, you want to take every opportunity to go out and play.

    “Australia have a chance to show some of the resolve they demonstrated for most of the two Test matches at Old Trafford and Chester-le-Street, and try to get the kind of result that would lead to a more positive mindset when they start the return series back home.

    “I’ve always felt that if they’re all fit, you pick your best XI, and under those terms Ryan is just about the first man who should be chosen.”

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    • August 20th 2013 @ 4:55am
      JimmyB said | August 20th 2013 @ 4:55am | ! Report

      He needs to be saved from himself and to be rested, sit up on the balcony and do a sudoku or something, but do not let Jimmy near the middle. England need a fit and hungry Jimmy for the return series and if he has something to prove, alls the better.

    • August 20th 2013 @ 5:28am
      Frankie Hughes said | August 20th 2013 @ 5:28am | ! Report

      Anderson wants to be play every Test against Australia, as it’s the only chance he’s got to get his bowling average below 30.

      Anderson’s average at best

      • August 20th 2013 @ 5:34am
        JimmyB said | August 20th 2013 @ 5:34am | ! Report

        Frankie, Frankie, Frankie. You are just so wrong mate.

        • August 20th 2013 @ 7:47am
          Frankie Hughes said | August 20th 2013 @ 7:47am | ! Report

          Anderson, so called best bowler of his era(Akram must’ve been high), is currently ranked 10th.

          Heck lipstick wearing Broad is ahead of him.

          Anderson is average. He’ll retire with an average of 32+

          • August 20th 2013 @ 8:37am
            ChrisT said | August 20th 2013 @ 8:37am | ! Report

            Nah. Like Broad, he wins tests for you. He looks tired, feet up for this test and keep him out of all the short game nonsense. Bring him over to Aus fresh and with unfinished business.

          • August 20th 2013 @ 8:42am
            JimmyB said | August 20th 2013 @ 8:42am | ! Report

            I take it you don’t watch a great deal of cricket, much less understand what you do see when watching.
            Anderson hasn’t had a great series, however a career is not based on one series. Broad wearing lipstick? I must have missed that, although I have noticed that a good many Aussies enjoy wearing lipstick…sorry I mean zinc.
            One of the things that Anderson and Broad have in common is that their average bowling has won test matches this series.

    • August 20th 2013 @ 2:20pm
      Silver_Sovereign said | August 20th 2013 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

      Brett Lee had a similar average for much of his career and even Mitchell Johnson has a similar average. Plus Anderson has played more tests than both and still has a high average. He cant be that good

      • August 20th 2013 @ 9:23pm
        Chris said | August 20th 2013 @ 9:23pm | ! Report

        Anderson’s average is skewed by the two phases to his career, the Bad Jimmy of 2003-2009, and the good Jimmy ever since.

    • August 20th 2013 @ 4:46pm
      Frankie Hughes said | August 20th 2013 @ 4:46pm | ! Report

      Anderson’s a home town bully with very limited talent.

      When he’s hailed as equal of Dale Steyn it’s laughable.

      Steyn’s a Rolls Royce, where’s as Anderson’s a Mini Metro.

      Even playing more than half his matches on free tops, Anderson averages over 30.

      Sums up his limited ability

    • August 20th 2013 @ 5:27pm
      jonnybok said | August 20th 2013 @ 5:27pm | ! Report

      +1 Frankie. Anderson is over-hyped by English media. Only has an average record in home conditions and a poor one overseas. Tbh as a South African there are other fast bowlers on the Test world stage who strike more fear into me than James Anderson. Yes they may have a bad series here and there but they are consistently a lot more nerve-jangling to watch bowl to the Proteas batting line-up over a days cricket.

      Dangerous fast-bowlers of the past 3 years who I fear watching more than Anderson(in no particular order): Pattinson, Cummings, Mohammed Irfan, Junaid Khan, Stuart Broad, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Asif(banned),Mohammed Amir(banned but watch this space), Kemar Roach, Freddie Flintoff, Brett Lee, Mathew Hoggard, Steve Finn, Graeme Onions, Chris Maritn(lol!) and Malinga(when eligible) have me worried all day long during a test. I cannot speak of the fear factor re: Proteas bowlers like Philander, Steyn, de Lange and Morkel etc because our test ine-up doesn’t have to face them. But I do beiieve that Steyn, Philander and Morkel who have (bar perhaps Phiilander) played qute a few tests are all rated above James Anderson on the Test rankings. also Steyn has enoyed a lngevity as the world’s numbr 1 Test bowler, in all conditions.

    • August 20th 2013 @ 6:07pm
      JimmyB said | August 20th 2013 @ 6:07pm | ! Report

      I suppose we’ll have to agree to disagree, but I look forward to the winter where I have no doubt that Anderson will play a major part in England winning the Ashes comfortably again on Australian soil. I don’t know a single pundit, Journalist or fan in this country that doesn’t suggest Steyn is the best bowler in the world. Anderson though isn’t just good in English conditions anymore either, he was excellent in India, in helping England win their series there. How have Australia got on there recently?

      • August 20th 2013 @ 8:16pm
        Frankie Hughes said | August 20th 2013 @ 8:16pm | ! Report

        Anderson averaged 30.25 in the series in India, hardly world class

        Siddle and Pattinson both bowled fantastically in India, the batting wasted their hard work.

        Anderson took 10 wickets in New Zealand @ 37. Against modest batting. Against hardly world class.

        Anderson so called improved bowling away from home is built on two series Australia 2010-11(24 wickets @ 26) and UAE 2012(9 wickets @ 27). Against two very weak batting sides.

        Anderson is rubbish. Two anomalies in an otherwise pretty ordinary career

        • August 20th 2013 @ 8:29pm
          JimmyB said | August 20th 2013 @ 8:29pm | ! Report

          Do you actually watch any cricket Frankie or do you just look at stats on Cricinfo? Anderson is a world class bowler, to call him rubbish makes you sound petty and uninformed. I genuinely can’t wait for the return series.

          • August 20th 2013 @ 8:34pm
            Frankie Hughes said | August 20th 2013 @ 8:34pm | ! Report

            World class? You Poms are deluded.

            An average of 30 proves he’s way short of world class.

            Steyn, Philander, Morkel, Siddle, Pattinson, Harris, Roach, Boult

            Anderson falls into the same bracket at Johnson, Z Khan, Broad. Decent on their day. Average most others.

            • August 20th 2013 @ 8:51pm
              JimmyB said | August 20th 2013 @ 8:51pm | ! Report

              I love the way that you manage to shoehorn 3 Aussies in there Frankie, well done mate. As I said I look forward to the return series with great interest. As far as delusion goes mate, I think you have got that down pat.

              • August 20th 2013 @ 9:49pm
                Frankie Hughes said | August 20th 2013 @ 9:49pm | ! Report

                Anderson averages 30+ = not world class in a week of Sundays.

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