England don’t make full use of home conditions: Anderson
England’s experienced campaigner James Anderson was not a frequent face in the ongoing Ashes series as he only got to bowl just 4 overs in the first Test at Edgbaston. He had also recently expressed that England failed to make full use of the home conditions as the series stands in favour of Australia with an unassailable 2-1 lead.
“I think they’ve probably suited Australia more than us. I would have liked to have seen a bit more grass but that’s the nature of the game here. We go to Australia and get pitches that suit them. I thought they were good pitches here against India [last year]. I thought they weren’t green seamers but I thought they suited us more than India.
We as a country don’t use home advantage enough. When you go to Australia, go to India, Sri Lanka, they prepare pitches that suit them. I feel like we could just be a little bit more biased towards our own team,” James Anderson was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
The fifth and final Test will be played at the Oval on September 12. England might not have won the Ashes but winning the final Test will offer them more points which will play an important role in ICC World Test Championship table.
Australia coach Justin Langer thinks otherwise in this case. According to him, wickets should be competitive and not helping one side in specific. He said, “It’s most important for the health of Test cricket moving forward that you’re playing on competitive wickets. Great players make runs, games always moving forward, you’re on the edge of your seat. I think the wickets this series have been fantastic for that.”
Anderson’s frustrations can be clearly seen but he still wants to be fit as a fiddle and to play the gentleman’s game again. He had to leave the series mid-way itself as he is continuing to work on his fitness standards and is ready to make some modifications in training and eating habits if that’s what is extremely important to make a come back to the game soon.