England vice-captain James Anderson has claimed that there is no need for a major ‘upheaval’, following a disastrous Ashes series in Australia. Anderson was part of the England team that were forced to surrender the Ashes to the Aussies last week, after a disappointing 4-0 series loss, yet the Lancashire man believes that given time, England can learn from their mistakes.
Recovering from a difficult test series is often one of the most trying periods of a cricketer’s career. In the past, constant negative press and pressure from fans has led to international teams experiencing major reshuffles – none so much as England, who have been forced to return to the drawing board on a number of occasions over the years. This year’s devastating Ashes defeat is by all rights one of those occasions, and now that the dust is beginning to settle, England’s senior players are being forced to take responsibility for everything that has gone on both on and off the field.
Captain Joe Root was absent during today’s post-series press conference, having fallen ill during the fifth test on Friday. In his place, James Anderson (who stood in as vice-captain for the absent Ben Stokes) discussed England’s immediate future.
“It doesn’t feel like a series where there should be a big upheaval,” said Anderson
“It doesn’t feel like a completely disastrous series. [But] we’re hurting and we know we’ve got to improve.”
He continued: “I think, to be honest, we’ve been outplayed in the key moments of each game,” he said. “We’ve been in the games to an extent but we’ve just not been able to capitalise on any opportunities we got.
“Credit to Steve [Smith] and his team, they’ve played fantastically well throughout the series and were the far better side throughout the tournament.”
Referencing the fantastic support given by England’s travelling fans, Anderson concluded: “We are very lucky to have such great support, not just the Barmy Army, we’ve got a lot of English travelling support that follows us round the world.
“We are very grateful for them even though we’ve been beaten in this series. They are a fantastic group and we are very grateful to have that support.”