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Anderson: England must restore pride in fourth Test

Anderson: “We have to block out what’s happening off the field and focus on the fourth and fifth Tests”; Chris Silverwood and three coaches must isolate after positive coronavirus tests were returned within England party; they will miss the fourth Test, which starts on January 4 in Sydney

Last Updated: 30/12/21 7:47am

    James Anderson has backed England to respond to their disappointment of losing The Ashes series

    James Anderson has backed England to respond to their disappointment of losing The Ashes series

    Jimmy Anderson says England need to restore some “pride” in the fourth Test, with Australia having already retained The Ashes after taking a 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

    There have been calls for head coach Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root to step down following the tourists’ dismal showing in Melbourne which included a collapse to 68 all out in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test as they recorded an innings and 14-run loss to Australia.

    Preparations for the fourth Test have been further jeopardised by Silverwood having to isolate due to positive coronavirus tests being returned within the England touring party. The England boss has been forced into quarantine for 10 days, while three other coaching staff members are also in isolation.

    Anderson has performed well despite England's poor showing in The Ashes

    Anderson has performed well despite England’s poor showing in The Ashes

    Despite England’s woes down under, Anderson has been of their standout performers in the series, and he took 4-33 from his 23 overs, including 10 maidens, as England bowled Australia out for 267 on day two of the third Test, and the 39-year-old has backed the team to respond to their setbacks at the SCG.

    He said: “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.”

    Monty Panesar says Jimmy Anderson produced another brilliant bowling performance at the MCG but criticised England's fragility with the bat

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    Monty Panesar says Jimmy Anderson produced another brilliant bowling performance at the MCG but criticised England’s fragility with the bat

    Monty Panesar says Jimmy Anderson produced another brilliant bowling performance at the MCG but criticised England’s fragility with the bat

    Panesar: Anderson on level of Ronaldo and Djokovic

    Anderson is up there with Cristiano Ronaldo and Novak Djokovic as one of the world’s best sportsmen after a scintillating performance on the second day of the third Ashes Test, said former England spinner Monty Panesar.

    Panesar told Sky Sports: “James Anderson was just magnificent. His performances are really up there with great sportsmen right now like Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, (Novak) Djokovic with the tennis.

      “Jimmy Anderson is right up there with these kind of stars. That was a brilliant bowling performance. We probably won’t see again another England bowler like that.

      “I thought England had probably their best bowling performance of the series so far.

      “As a bowling unit, they bowled magnificently well. Mark Wood, who has been dangerous throughout the whole series, was bowling with extreme pace, clocking up 150kph, and getting the No 1 batsman [Marnus Labuschagne] out. It was brilliant to watch.”

      Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future, and urges England to stick with both him and head coach Chris Silverwood

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      Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future, and urges England to stick with both him and head coach Chris Silverwood

      Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future, and urges England to stick with both him and head coach Chris Silverwood

      Woakes backs Root to remain England captain despite Ashes failure

      England all-rounder Chris Woakes has supported Joe Root to continue as the team’s Test skipper despite their humiliating Ashes capitulation.

      Root, who was reluctant to discuss the long-term future of his captaincy after the Ashes defeat in the third test, has not won any of his three Ashes series in charge.

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

        Asked if the England team would support Root’s continuation as skipper, Woakes said: “Absolutely.

        “It’s clear that the captaincy isn’t having an effect on his batting, which a lot of the time with captains can be the case.”

        Root has proved a virtual lone hand with the bat and, after scoring 50 and 28 in Melbourne, he finishes the calendar year with 1,708 runs – the third-highest after Mohammad Yousuf (1,788) and Viv Richards (1,710).

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

        “But Joe is a great cricketer, he’s got a great cricket brain. I think his record as England captain is pretty good, as far as I’m aware. I definitely feel like Joe will continue.”