Ashes 2019: James Anderson hungry to keep playing as he sets sights on return for winter tours

James Anderson is“hungry“ to keep playing cricket for England because he targets a return to the squad because of their winter excursions of New Zealand and South Africa with the seamer fighting to return to full fitness against his continuing calf injury.
The injury was suffered by the all-time top Test wicket-taker of england while playing the at County Championship for Lancashire and he had been fit to play in Edgbaston in the Ashes opener, he managed to bowl only four overs.
Anderson stepped up his recovery from playing with his county’s second XI side from the lead up to the Test at his Old Trafford but managed as he had been ruled out for the entire series to overcome the calf injury.
„I’m only about getting over the disappointment on being in a position to play a role in this series and looking ahead to what I could do in the long run,“ Anderson told Sky Sports.
„I am definitely hungry and eager to continue playing England. This summer I have been bowling as well as I have, I bowled quite a good deal for Lancashire at the beginning of the season and was in very good form until I got injured at an moment.
„I’d enjoy looking too far ahead, I just need to get my calf sorted and seem to another show to see if I can get myself fit for New Zealand and if not, then South Africa.
„Who knows how much time that I will play , as long as I will keep myself healthy and keep bowling well then I wish to keep playing as long as you can.“
Meanwhile, the speculation over whether Joe Root must stay as England captain surfaced after Australia’s 185-run win watched them keep the Ashes.
Anderson dismissed the ideas of replacing Root, insisting the batsman gets the power once a brand new head coach is appointed, to push on the negative forward.
„I think Joe is the right person for the job,“ Anderson explained. „He has worked hard to drive this team in the right direction over the past few decades.
„That was hard with changes in personnel in the group, such as Alastair Cook retiring, and searching for the perfect balance of team to go forward but I think he’s done a good job.
„The key for this Exam aspect for Joe Root along with the coach which simplifies Trevor Bayliss is they have exactly the same vision for the group and pushes them in the perfect direction“
View day one of the fifth and final Test live on Sky Sports The Ashes from 10am on Thursday, September 12.

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