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James Anderson was controversially dropped from the squad for the West Indies tour with Stuart Broad, but England’s main Test wicket-taker says he has now ‘made peace’ with the decision

Last update: 03/22/22 08:54

James Anderson says he ‘made peace’ by being left out of England Test squad to visit West Indies

James Anderson insisted he had “made peace” with his surprise omission from England’s ongoing West Indies Test series and was fully focused on the county’s upcoming campaign.

Anderson and Stuart Broad, No.1 and No.2 respectively on England’s all-time list of leading Test wicket takers with a total of 1,177 dismissals, have been controversially dropped from the tour squad In the Caribbean.

While Anderson admitted last month that he was initially “shocked” and felt “frustration and anger” at being overlooked in a high-profile red ball reset, the 39-year-old is now looking to the future.

The Lancastrian admitted not being part of a new set-up was still a little hard to digest, with England drawing in Antigua and Barbados and missing the ball in both games.

“When you hear how things are going and not being part of that rebuild is a bit difficult,” said Anderson, who took 640 wickets in 169 Tests. BBC Radio 5 live. “But I made peace with the decision weeks ago, it’s completely out of my control.

“What I can do now is just prepare for the county season and try to show people what I can do. I feel good physically and mentally too. I just can’t wait to play cricket for Lancashire.”

As Anderson prepares for this season’s LV=Insurance County Championship, which begins next month, England travel to Grenada for the final test this week hoping for a change of fortune, with their seam attack especially blunted by desperately unresponsive surfaces.

England Test captain Joe Root has not ruled out a return to the squad for Stuart Broad and James Anderson and said they could feature this summer.

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England Test captain Joe Root has not ruled out a return to the squad for Stuart Broad and James Anderson and said they could feature this summer.

England Test captain Joe Root has not ruled out a return to the squad for Stuart Broad and James Anderson and said they could feature this summer.

Anderson’s Lancashire team-mate Saqib Mahmood briefly cheered on England in Barbados with a double breakthrough on the final day, however, finishing with match figures of 4-79 on his Test debut.

“It will do wonders for him, it’s an incredible return to that field where we’ve seen all the other couture bowlers struggle,” Anderson said. “To play like that in your first game, especially in that second leg, it sniffed England a bit.

“His chest will be out after this game. It would have been hard work for him on this ground this week and Test cricket will only get easier as his career develops.

“It’s not a Jofra [Archer], he’s not a Mark Wood, he’s not a 95 mph bowler. I feel like it’s going to consistently hit 85mph and be pretty accurate.”

Collingwood: ‘Box office’ Stokes makes a difference

Paul Collingwood credits the reinvigorated Ben Stokes with helping heal the pain of the Ashes’ defeat to England in the winter.

A 4-0 humiliation against Australia left the Test team in need of new management, with Collingwood becoming caretaker head coach after Chris Silverwood was sacked.

The former England batsman’s first two Tests in charge saw West Indies hang on to draws in Antigua and Barbados, but key to their effort was Stokes, who looked close to his influential best over the course of of the last two weeks.

After averaging 23.60 with the stick and 71.50 with the ball in Australia on his return from a four-month hiatus to preserve his mental and physical health, Stokes took off in the Caribbean after scoring 120 with batting at Kensington Oval – his first century since the summer of 2020 – and sent 77 overs with the ball, more than any other setter in the series.

Former England cricketer Nick Compton explains what makes Ben Stokes so special.

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Former England cricketer Nick Compton explains what makes Ben Stokes so special.

Former England cricketer Nick Compton explains what makes Ben Stokes so special.

“He’s phenomenal, he’s at the box office,” Collingwood said. “He was coming into the Ashes with little cricket under his belt. Now he’s fit, he’s determined and you can tell he wants to make a difference in the dressing room as a leader.

“When he’s preparing like he’s doing right now, he’s definitely leading. He wants to come out in the middle and put in great performances. He wants the ball in hand, to score the points and that’s exactly what he’s doing right now. moment.

“Even in the meetings when we first arrived, clearing the scar tissue from Australia and how we were going to move forward – you could see and hear he had the bit between his teeth and wanted lead this team. I think he and [captain] Joe Root did a magnificent job turning this round.

“He’s desperate to do well for the badge, for England. It’s amazing when he has that kind of attitude because we all know he’s one of the best. Long may it continue.”

Ben Stokes celebrates after his century against the West Indies, his 11th in Test cricket for England

Ben Stokes celebrates after his century against the West Indies, his 11th in Test cricket for England

Success in this week’s series decider in Granada is needed to turn the positive vibes Collingwood has been feeling around camp into something more tangible. With a test victory in 16 matches, it is also indispensable.

Changes are likely in the bowling attack after another grueling five-day affair, with Chris Woakes set to miss out after two under-par performances. Ollie Robinson is pushing for a first appearance as he recovers from back spasms and Craig Overton is doing well after a brief illness.

But more intriguing is the option to release Matt Parkinson, who has the ability to produce magic bullets but hasn’t played competitively since October.

“He’s as ready as he can get,” Collingwood said of Parkinson’s. “The simple fact is that in times of Covid you don’t get matches in between.

“They’re back-to-back, and that puts a lot of stress on the players. The downside is we don’t have games in between to have preparation time for the guys who aren’t playing.”




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