Jimmy Anderson to lead attack in Ashes

James Anderson celebrates taking the match-winning wicket of Brad Haddin in the first Ashes Test
James Anderson celebrates taking the match-winning wicket of Brad Haddin in the first Ashes Test

“Burnley Express” James Anderson will lead England’s attack as they look to win the Ashes for a fourth successive time Down Under this winter.

Anderson will go to Australia looking to add to a string of achievements so far this year.

In May, on day two of the first Test against New Zealand, he became the fourth English bowler to take 300 Test wickets when he dismissed former Lowerhouse professional Peter Fulton.

The following month, in the ICC Champions Trophy match against Australia, he became England’s leading One Day International wicket-taker when he took his 235th scalp.

And in the first Test of the home Ashes series, Anderson took five wickets in each innings for a 10-wicket match haul - including the dramatic last wicket of Brad Haddin to win the game.

He went on to help England to win the series 3-0 and retain the Ashes.

Speaking in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph, Anderson looked back on this series, and ahead to the winter: “All four games were tight and could have gone either way. Three-nil probably flatters us a bit if we are being brutally honest.

“But at the same time we fought out of holes and that is what you need in a series like this one. It might not be pretty but it is huge for us and we really want to win.

“We would take any win at all. We would take a 1-0 if we have to.

“I imagine it will be close. I think the 3-0 this summer was a closer series than 3-0 suggests.

“We are going to have to be prepared for them coming hard at us.

“We have to be prepared for the media going after us and probably the whole country.

“We know what will be thrown at us. There is always niggle in the media, ex-players coming out with things.

“One part of our success last time was dealing with that.”

England Test squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, captain), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Matt Prior (Sussex, vice-captain), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Monty Panesar (Sussex, on loan at Essex), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey).