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James Anderson expresses desire to play limited overs cricket for England

James Anderson expresses desire to play limited overs cricket for England
James Anderson has 269 wickets from 194 ODIs at an average of 29.22.
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England pace spearhead James Anderson has stated that he is willing to play limited overs cricket for his country but is aware it will be tough for him to fight for a spot in the current line-up.

Anderson’s last appearance in the One-Day International format was the 2015 Cricket World Cup encounter against Afghanistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

After the debacle in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, England underwent a complete revamp and have adopted an aggressive style of play which has paid them rich dividends across the three formats of the game.

Most recently, England finished as the runners-up in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 and Anderson is hoping that the team can continue to play the same kind of cricket throughout the summer.

“We are fifth in the world because we have been inconsistent and the teams that get to No 1 in the world are consistent over a period of time and we’ve got to try and do that.

“It is understandable with the young team that we have got that we are going to be inconsistent for a little while, but now I think is the time to start kicking on.

“Certainly the T20, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching that and some of the talent that was on show was just frightening, really, and hopefully that can continue this summer.”

Though Anderson has not been a part of the limited overs side since the end of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, he wants to play a part in the format but knows it is out of his hands currently.

Nevertheless, the 33-year-old has affirmed that he will do his part in trying to impress the selectors by taking part in the domestic limited overs competitions.

“I’ve never not wanted to be involved in it; it has just been a decision that was taken out of my hands.

“I’d love to still play a part if I could but, again, that is up to the powers that be.

“They’ll have their own ideas of where they want the team to go and we’ve seen some fantastic white-ball cricket over the past 12 months from the England team so it is not going to be easy for me to get back in there.

“But whether it is an opportunity with Lancashire in the T20s or 50-over stuff, trying to perform for them and get back in that way, then that is what I’ll try do.”

With 269 wickets from 194 ODIs at an average of 29.22, Anderson is currently England’s leading wicket-taker in the format.

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