London, June 15 (ANI): England fast bowler James Anderson has declared himself fully fit and raring to bowl in next week's Rose Bowl Test against Sri Lanka.
Injured for the Lord's Test against Sri Lanka, Anderson, the leader of the attack, was sorely missed, even though the game meandered to a draw.
"The pressure of setting an example has helped me become more consistent. But it's nice to be talked about and missed in that regard. Often in the past when I've been injured I've been forgotten about," The Telegraph quoted Anderson, as saying.
A less than dominant personality when he started out in international cricket, Anderson has evolved into something grander over the years to the point where he now uses sledging as part of his armoury.
"I've always had that in me but was never able to channel it to work for me in the beginning. In the past, I've often got quite emotional, lost concentration on what we're actually doing and been sucked into a battle with the opposition and not bowled very well. What I've started to do over the last couple of years, and what I felt I did really well in Australia last winter, was to have a battle with one or two batsmen but also be able to concentrate and keep calm when it came to delivering the next ball," he said.
With Anderson reinstalled, England will be looking to take advantage of a Sri Lanka side that will be without its captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, who has a cracked right thumb, and which will be led by a unwilling one in Kumar Sangakkara. (ANI)
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