Anderson addresses his disappointment publicly for the first time since Test side omission

Anderson addresses his disappointment publicly for the first time since Test side omission

James Anderson spoke about his omission from the Test side for the Caribbean tour publicly for the first time on Wednesday, saying that he had felt deep “shock and disappointment” and that “a five-minute phone call [with interim ECB managing director Andrew Strauss] doesn’t really clear much up”.

Joe Root, the Test captain, stressed that while he saw the tour of the Caribbean as “an exciting challenge” and a “real opportunity” for the rest of England’s seamers – Chris Woakes and Mark Wood in particular – to lead the bowling attack, he feels certain that Anderson and Broad are “very much in the mix” for selection at the start of the English summer.

Moving on from the omission, Anderson, speaking on his BBC podcast Tailenders, made his intentions clear to play for Lancashire in the early round of the County Championship this season, saying that he has “one more go at digging deep” and adding: “I still love playing the game.”

I am praying this isn’t the end – Anderson

“There is likely to be a new director of cricket and a new head coach in the summer so I just hope that whatever decision is made, it’s talked about in the way that it should be,” Anderson said. “Another frustration for me over the last couple of weeks is a five-minute phone call doesn’t really clear much up for you.

“I managed to get back to Burnley and spent the day playing golf and having a few drinks with my mates which I think just helps that bit. I’m praying that this isn’t the end, but if I never play for England again I know I’ve got amazing people around me to support me and that’s really important to me. I want to keep playing, I want to keep bowling and we’ll just see what happens in the future.

“I’ve got to try and focus on stuff that I can control and that’s playing cricket and showing people what I can do with a ball in my hand. [There have] been quite a few texts between myself and Broady in particular, getting some initial frustration and anger out, but I think once that was gone, now it’s really trying to look to stuff that we can affect.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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