The Ashes: Jimmy Anderson says England must restore pride in fourth Test against Australia | Cricket News

“We have to stop what’s happening off the pitch and focus on the fourth and fifth tests,” says England seamer James Anderson, who moved up three places to fifth in the ICC Test bowling rankings after taking 4-33 against Australia to Melbourne Test

Last updated: 30/12/21 8:24


Jimmy Anderson has backed England to respond to disappointment over the loss of The Ashes series

Jimmy Anderson says England need to “restore some pride” in the fourth test in Sydney, with Australia already retaining the Ashes after taking a 3-0 lead in the five-game series.

There have been requests for head coach Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root to step down after the sad tourist sight in Melbourne which included a slump to 68 all out in the second inning of the Boxing Day Test when they recorded an innings-and-14 – Run loss in Australia.

Preparations for the fourth test were hampered by the fact that Silverwood had to isolate himself due to the positive coronavirus tests returned within the UK tour.

The English technician was forced to quarantine for 10 days, while three other members of the technical staff are also in solitary confinement.

Anderson performed well despite England's poor performance in The Ashes

Anderson performed well despite England’s poor performance in The Ashes

Anderson was one of England’s top performers in the series and took 4-33 from his 23 overs, including 10 unmarried, while England beat Australia by 267 on the second day of the third test.

He said: “We have to restore some pride and try to compete – this is our main goal as players. We have to block what is happening off the pitch and focus on the fourth and fifth tests.

“It can be difficult at times, especially for kids experiencing Ashes for the first time who have no experience with Test cricket and touring.

“This is where the older players come in, we have to try to get together, make sure everyone is in a good position and with a good head space.”

Anderson climbs to fifth place in the Bowling Test rankings

Anderson moved up three places to fifth in the latest update of the ICC bowling test standings.

The 39-year-old overtook New Zealander Neil Wagner, South African Kagiso Rabada and Australian Josh Hazlewood after his excellent performance in Melbourne.

Australian captain Pat Cummins remains at the top of the table, followed by Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Pakistani paceman Shaheen Afridi, New Zealand seamer Tim Southee and then Anderson.

Monty Panesar claims Anderson produced another brilliant bowling performance at MCG, but criticized England's frailty with the bat

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Monty Panesar claims Anderson produced another brilliant bowling performance at MCG, but criticized England’s frailty with the bat

Monty Panesar claims Anderson produced another brilliant bowling performance at MCG, but criticized England’s frailty with the bat

Panesar: Anderson at the level of Ronaldo and Djokovic

Anderson is there with Cristiano Ronaldo and Novak Djokovic as one of the best sportsmen in the world, according to former British spinner Monty Panesar.

“Anderson was just great,” said Panesar Sky Sports News after the second day of the MCG test.

“His performances are truly up to par with great sportsmen right now like Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, (Novak) Djokovic with tennis.

“Anderson is right up there with these kinds of stars. It was a brilliant performance at bowling. We will probably never see another English bowler like that again.”

Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future and urges England to stay with him and manager Chris Silverwood

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Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future and urges England to stay with him and manager Chris Silverwood

Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future and urges England to stay with him and manager Chris Silverwood

Woakes supports Root to remain England’s captain

English all-rounder Chris Woakes helped Root continue as the team’s test skipper despite Ashes’ humiliating capitulation.

Root, who was reluctant to discuss his captain’s long-term future following Ashes’s defeat in Test 3, hasn’t won any of his three streaks of reigning Ashes.

The 30-year-old also suffered a record nine defeats in 2021 as captain.

Asked if the England team would support Root’s continuation as skipper, Woakes said: “Absolutely. It is clear that the captain’s armband is having no effect on his serve, which can often happen with captains.”

Root was virtually lonely with the bat and, after scoring 50 and 28 in Melbourne, closed the calendar year with 1,708 points, the third highest after Mohammad Yousuf (1,788) and Viv Richards (1,710).

“The fact that he’s scoring the points he is, is great for the team,” added Woakes. “It would be great if we could help him with that and build some partnerships with him and score a few more runs around him.

“But Joe is a great cricketer, he has a great cricket brain. I think his record as England captain is pretty good as far as I know. I definitely feel Joe will continue.”

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