Anderson claims he has bowled better as England impress in South Africa

November 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment


If England had been offered a drawn One Day International Series at the start of this tour, they would have taken it. Now, as they lead 2-1 in the series with one match to play, it is the least they will achieve.

The victory that has put England in the driving seat was mainly down to some fantastic bowling from James Anderson. The ‘Burnley Express’ ripped through the South Africa top order to record his best ever ODI figures of 5-23.

Anderson’s performance helped England dismiss the hosts for 119 with Tim Bresnan, Paul Collingwood and Stuart Broad providing more than ample support. Andrew Strauss’ men then chased the total down with relative ease, mainly thanks to Jonathan Trott’s unbeaten 52, as they won by seven wickets.

Anderson was deservedly given the man-of-the-match award in the aftermath for his match-winning spell, but the 27-year-old didn’t actually think he bowled the best he ever has. Despite achieving his best ODI figures, he said that he has ‘bowled better and got less rewards’ in the past.

Moving the praise away from his individual display, Anderson then said that it was the ‘pressure built up as a unit’ that ultimately caused South Africa’s downfall. The wicket was ‘conductive to seam bowling’ as well and the Lancashire man was very pleased that he ‘made the most of it’.

As for the team overall, it has to be said that it was an extremely impressive bowling and fielding display from England. They bowled in the right areas, held their catches and looked like a throughouly organised ODI team.

The whole squad is playing with confidence right now and a great deal of self-belief. That is what has been most pleasing about this tour so far. England believe that they can and will beat South Africa in this series and eventually in the test matches.

It is certainly a good sign for where Strauss and co are heading. It is all about building on the Ashes success and so far, so good. England’s odds in the final ODI game in Durban are looking good for them to wrap up a series victory.

by Thomas Rooney

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