England can whitewash Sri Lanka: James Anderson
by IANS Author
Published - May 10, 2016 11:57 am | Updated - May 10, 2016 11:57 am
33-year old England pacer James Anderson believes that England can whitewash the visiting Sri Lankan side. The Lankans are currently reeling following the retirement of some of their best players including Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene who are currently plying their trade in the country. Anderson also added that the home conditions and the English summer would be ideal for the Brits to complete a whitewash of the visiting Lankans. The last time Sri Lanka made they toured England they came away with an impressive win in the Test series. However, this time, around, they would have to play out of their skins to do the same.
England is presently riding high after a 2-1 series win over South Africa in January, and Anderson said the recent run of form will hold them in good stead.
“If we build on how we played in the winter then there’s no doubt we can win 3-0,” Anderson was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Tuesday.
“Home conditions against a rebuilding Sri Lanka provides a great opportunity for us but it’s important we concentrate on ourselves. If we do get everything right then there’s no doubt in my mind we’ll win,” he added.
The last time Sri Lanka toured England, they had notched up a 1-0 Test series win. Anderson was the last wicket to fall in the deciding Test in 2014 at Leeds after making a remarkable 55-ball duck as he came perilously close to hanging on for a draw with all-rounder Moeen Ali (108 n.o.).
“It was right up there with my worst moments,” Anderson said.
“It had been a long game and to get within two balls of saving it left me crushed at the end. Hopefully, we won’t be in that situation this time.”
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