Anderson ready to stand up
James Anderson returns for England tomorrow determined to use his Antigua disappointment to ensure he remains a key figure in their side for the one-day series against India.
The 26-year-old Lancashire seamer travelled out to the $20million match in Antigua last week reasonably confident of making the starting line-up for last Saturday's big money showdown having featured in the last 40 successive one-day internationals for England.
But the slow pitches in Antigua persuaded England to overlook Anderson at the last minute and play Graeme Swann as a second spinner instead - a tactic which was made redundant by the Stanford Superstars dismissing them for 99 and racing to a 10-wicket victory.
It has left Anderson, whose Antigua experience was further undermined by him contracting a stomach bug, fretting on his place for the opening match to the seven-game one-day international series at Rajkot next Friday.
Before then he has two warm-up matches - the first tomorrow against a Mumbai Cricket Association line-up with both sides using 12 players, followed by another on Tuesday - to impress captain Kevin Pietersen sufficiently to win back his place.
"Having been left out for the Stanford game I feel that I've got a fight on my hands now to get my place back - I've lost my place but I've got a chance tomorrow to put in a performance," said Anderson.
"I've got a chance tomorrow in this game and I have just got to do what I can. I've been in this position before when I've been fighting for a place in the team and you've got to take every chance that you get."
Anderson admitted that after experiencing the conditions during England's low-scoring victory over Middlesex during the opening match in Antigua, he began fearing for his place straight away.
"If we were going to play two spinners then someone had to miss out," he conceded. "Stuart Broad had been bowling really well in one-day cricket, Fred is hardly going to be dropped and Steve Harmison has come back really well so who do you leave out?
"Ryan (Sidebottom) missed out as well so it's just a case of accepting the decision, but it didn't make it easy after being a regular in the team."
Disappointed as he was, though, Anderson was determined not to show his feelings to the rest of the squad and possibly undermine their preparations for the big game.
Despite the temptation to return to his room and kick the furniture, Anderson demonstrated his experience of such situations and stressed: "You're not going to do yourself any favours if you do that.
"In the past when I've been left out I've sulked about it and it's not really helped anyone so I try to take things like that on the chin now and be more mature about it.
"I've tried to understand that it was a difficult decision for them to leave them someone out when they wanted to play two spinners."
He will take his place in a strong line-up tomorrow with all-rounder Ravi Bopara being preferred to Luke Wright while Alastair Cook and Tim Ambrose also being left out.
Anderson was one of several players who travelled to the outskirts of Mumbai today to lend support for the Magic Bus scheme, an organisation which teaches young children life skills.