Ashes 2019: James Anderson hungry to keep playing as he sets sights on return for winter tours

James Anderson is»hungry» to maintain playing cricket for England as he targets a return to the group for their winter excursions of New Zealand and South Africa together with the seamer battling to return to full fitness from his continuing calf injury.
The all-time top Evaluation wicket-taker of england suffered the injury whilst playing the County Championship for Lancashire and he had been fit to play at the Ashes opener at Edgbaston, before enduring a reoccurrence of this injury he was able to bowl four overs.
Anderson stepped his comeback up from playing with his county’s second XI side in the lead up into the Test at his home ground Old Trafford but managed to overcome the calf injury as he had been ruled out for the series.
«I am only about getting over the disappointment about being able to play a part in this show and looking ahead to what I can do in the future,» Anderson told Sky Sports.
«I am definitely hungry and keen to keep playing for England. This summer I have been bowling as well as I ever have, I was in very good form and bowled quite a lot for Lancashire at the beginning of the year until I got injured at an annoying moment.
«I’d like looking too far ahead, I only want to receive my calf sorted and look to the next show to see if I could get myself match to New Zealand and if not, then South Africa.
«Who knows how long I could play , as long as I will keep myself fit and maintain bowling well then I want to continue playing as long as you can.»
Meanwhile, the speculation on whether Joe Root should remain as England captain surfaced following the 185-run win of Australia watched them keep the Ashes.
But, Anderson ignored the thoughts of substituting Root, insisting the batsman has the power to push on the side forward after a head coach is manufactured.
«I believe Joe is the ideal person for the task,» Anderson explained. «He has worked hard to drive this team in the right direction over the last few decades.
«That was difficult with changes in staff in the team, such as Alastair Cook retiring, and trying to find the appropriate balance of staff to go forward but I believe he’s done a great job.
«The key with this Test aspect for Joe Root and the trainer who replaces Trevor Bayliss is they have exactly the identical vision for your group and pushes them in the right direction.»
View day among the fifth and final Test, at The Oval, live from 10am on Thursday on Sky Sports The Ashes, September 12.

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