Anderson supports Root's statement of balancing Red-ball and White-ball cricket

Anderson supports Root’s statement of balancing Red-ball and White-ball cricket

James Anderson has called for England Cricket Board to “redress the balance” between red- and white-ball formats, supporting Joe Root’s demand for a “reset” in priorities.
 
In the aftermath of England’s innings defeat in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, which saw Australia take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series and eventually retain the Ashes, Root indirectly criticized the standard of County Championship cricket and said that a third successive thrashing in an away Ashes series should prompt ‘call-to-action’ in England’s approach to developing Test cricketers as well.
 
“It’s a big part of where the game is at in our country right now that the only place you can really learn [to play Test cricket] is in the hardest environment for what is quite a young batting group,” he said. “You look back at 2015 and the reset that happened in white-ball cricket, and maybe that’s something that needs to be happening in our red-ball game as well.”
 
Anderson, in an interaction with reporters at England’s optional training session in Melbourne on Thursday following another round of PCR tests, supported Root’s comments and admitted that England’s recent performances had been highly “inconsistent”.
Pitches for County Cricket aren’t as good now – Anderson
“What I will say is, I think that there has been a big push with white-ball cricket since the 2015 World Cup. So I just would like to think that maybe the balance between red- and white-ball cricket is there, going forward. At the minute, it’s tipped slightly towards white-ball, and it has been for the last few years. If you look at our performances in Test cricket over the last few years, they’ve been pretty inconsistent. So, from that point of view we can hopefully just redress that balance a little bit.”
 
“I don’t think [the standard has dropped],” he said. “There’s a bit more cricket now, I guess. There are more competitions to think about. I think that the one thing for me is that potentially the wickets aren’t as good as they used to be. You see a lot more result pitches now in county cricket. So perhaps, with the bigger picture, that’s something we can think about in the future.”
Anderson addresses the issues happening off the field

Seven members of the wider touring party have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days. Covid-19 has affected the tour in more ways than one. Anderson, however, said that England would need to “block out what’s happening off the field” in the final two Tests.

“We are just hoping it’s not spreading any further and we can make sure everyone is safe and able to travel to Sydney. We’re trying to control the spread as much as possible and use the safety protocols around the hotel.

“It’s not ideal but it’s been that sort of tour. Something has been happening all the time. We have to restore some pride and try and compete – that’s our main focus as players. We have to block out what’s happening off the field and focus on the fourth and fifth Tests.

“It can be difficult at times, especially for guys experiencing the Ashes for the first time who are not that experienced with Test cricket and touring. That’s where the more senior players come in, we have to try and rally round, make sure everyone is in a good place and a good headspace.”

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

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