Anderson: I don't know if I would have taken England captaincy

While Anderson had no concerns with Root's appointment, he felt the fast bowlers are generally overlooked for Test captaincy roles because of injury problems associated with their discipline.

It had been suggested that Alastair Cook would attempt to avenge England's whitewashing Down Under in 2013/14 before standing down as skipper, but he was relieved of his post two months ago. That, at any rate, is how it still seems to the player, notwithstanding his absolute loyalty to Cook's chosen successor, Joe Root. "I know what to expect from what can be quite a hostile environment", said Root, reports ESPNCricinfo. But if I was on the outside looking in I would have thought 'is this actually where the team needs to go, with a 34-year-old as captain?'

"Most of the fast-bowling captains I have played with or against have been pretty successful - Glen Chapple here at Lancashire won the Championship".

"I think it's very important that the guys that haven't been there get a good idea of what it can be like".

Anderson also noted that he is unsure why the England captaincy tends to be given to batsmen rather than bowlers. He is someone who studies how to get batsmen out and then does so. But it's not something I'm going to seek out or that's going to bother me a great deal in the future.

"I think the responsibility and this position gives me an opportunity to do that". I still help Steven Croft out when I can and I'll still help Rooty out if I'm with England. For me, my mindset never changes.

"I've had a frustrating 12 to 18 months with injury and I want to play as many games as I can".

'I think it's important for him to keep that side of his game.

Anderson, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, is now preparing for the county season with Lancashire and will not play an global until the first of four Tests against South Africa starting July 6 at Lord's.

"But I will be slightly more aware this time".

"That first Test match, when I walked out to bat, I think it did hit me quite hard".

One senses that Anderson has a desire to play Tests which is quite the equal of that possessed by Haseeb Hameed, who was six when Anderson made his debut. This is a long summer with a lot of Test cricket at the back end.

As for the recent emphasis placed on playing entertaining cricket, Anderson commented drily that he hoped people have got some entertainment out of his 15-year worldwide career before offering some wise thoughts on the development of those who are just finding their way in professional game.

Amid the push to broaden cricket's appeal, Tom Harrison, the European Central Bank chief executive, suggested last week that Root's team had a duty to play "exciting cricket for future generations to connect with" - even at the expense of results, but Root believes that creating a winning team takes precedence. "There are a lot of distractions, whether it's mobile phones or social media".

"The ability is there, and it is up to them to take that responsibility".

"I didn't want to take the easy option though, I wanted to fight my way through". I'm focused on staying fit and keen on trying to find some form.

"It was like I walked into a conservatory door, not aware at all that it was there".

  • Julie Sanders


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