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

James Anderson is“hungry“ to maintain playing cricket for England because he plans a return to the squad for their winter excursions of New Zealand and South Africa using the seamer battling to return to full fitness against his continuing calf injury.
England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker suffered the injury when playing the in County Championship for Lancashire and he was still fit to play at Edgbaston at the Ashes opener, before enduring a reoccurrence of this accident he was able to bowl four overs.
Anderson stepped up his comeback from playing for his county’s second XI side in the lead up into the fourth Test in his home floor Old Trafford but was unable as he was ruled out for the series to completely overcome the calf injury.
„I am only about getting over the disappointment on being in a position to play a role in this series and awaiting what I could do in the long run,“ Anderson told Sky Sports.
„I’m definitely hungry and eager to continue playing for England. This summer I have been bowling as well as I have, I was in very good shape and bowled a good deal for Lancashire at the beginning of the season until I got injured at an moment.
„I’d enjoy looking too far ahead, I only want to receive my calf sorted and try to the next series to determine if I could get myself match for New Zealand and otherwise, then South Africa.
„Who knows how much time I will play , so long as I keep myself fit and maintain bowling well then I wish to keep playing as long as possible.“
Meanwhile, the over whether Joe Root should remain as England captain, speculation surfaced following Australia win saw them retain the Ashes.
However, Anderson ignored the ideas of replacing Root, insisting the batsman gets the capacity after a brand new head coach is manufactured to push on the side.
„I believe Joe is the perfect person for the task,“ Anderson explained. „He’s worked hard to push this group in the ideal direction over the last few decades.
„That has been difficult with changes in personnel in the team, like Alastair Cook retiring, and trying to find the perfect balance of team to go ahead but I think he’s done a good job.
„The key with this Exam side for Joe Root along with the trainer which replaces Trevor Bayliss is they have the same vision for the team and pushes them in the perfect direction“
See day one of the fifth and final Test live from 10am on Thursday on Sky Sports The Ashes, September 12.

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