Jimmy Anderson says England need to “restore some pride” in the fourth Test in Sydney, after Australia have already held the Ashes after leading 3-0 in the five-match series.
There were calls for head coach Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root to step down after the tourists’ poor performance in Melbourne which included a collapse to 68 during the second round of the Christmas Day Test where they scored a run and 14 runs. loss against Australia.
Preparations for the fourth test have been affected by the fact that Silverwood has had to self-isolate due to the return of positive coronavirus tests on the Tour of England.
The England coach has been placed in a 10-day quarantine, while three other coaching staff have also been quarantined.
Anderson was one of England’s leading performers on the series and took 4-33 to 23 times, including 10 young girls, as England beat Australia to 267 on day two of the third Test.
He said: “We have to take back some pride and try to compete – that is our main goal as players. We have to stop what happens off the field and focus on the fourth and fifth tests.
“It can be difficult at times, especially for players new to the Ashes who are not experienced in test and tour cricket.
“This is where the most experienced players come in, and we have to try to get it together, and make sure everyone is in the right place and in the right space.”
Anderson climbed to fifth in the bowling test rankings
Anderson moved up three places to finish fifth in the latest ICC Test Bowling Rankings update.
The 39-year-old outperformed New Zealander Neil Wagner, South African Kajisu Rabada and Australian Josh Hazlewood after his stellar performances in Melbourne.
Australia captain Pat Cummins continues to lead the standings, followed by Indian sprinter Ravichandran Ashwin, Pakistani peaceman Shaheen Afridi, New Zealand designer Tim Southey and then Anderson.
Monty Banesar says Anderson produced another great bowling performance at the MCG but criticized England’s fragility with the bat
Banesar: Anderson is at the level of Ronaldo and Djokovic
Anderson is one of the best athletes in the world alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Novak Djokovic, according to former England player Monty Banesar.
“Anderson was great,” Banesar said. Sky Sports News After the second day of the MCG test.
“His performances really live up to the top athletes at the moment like Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, (Novak) Djokovic with tennis.
“Anderson is up there with those kinds of stars. It was a great bowling performance. We probably won’t see another English player like this again.”
Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has won the right to decide his future and urges England to stay with him and coach Chris Silverwood
Woakes supports root to remain captain of England
English multi-skilled founder Chris Woks supported Root to continue his work as the team’s test leader despite their humiliating surrender by the Ashes.
Root, who was reluctant to discuss his captain’s long-term future after the Ashes lost the third test, did not win any of the three Ashes series responsible.
The 30-year-old also suffered a record nine-game losing streak in 2021 as a captain.
When asked if the England team would support keeping Root as captain, Woakes said: “Sure. The captain obviously has no influence on his racket, which can often happen with captains.”
Root has proven practically alone with the baton, and after scoring 50 and 28 in Melbourne, he finished the calendar year with 1,708 points – the third highest after Muhammad Yusuf (1788) and Viv Richards (1710).
“The fact that he scores points is great for the team,” added Woks. “It would be great if we could help him with that and partner with him, and score a few more points around him.
“But Joe is a great cricketer, he has the mind of a great cricketer. I think his record as captain of England is very good, as far as I know. I really feel Joe will continue.”
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