New boys excite Anderson
James Anderson believes new boys Craig Kieswetter and Michael Lumb can help fire England to success at the ICC World Twenty20.
England flew out to the Caribbean today with something of a new-look squad which includes Somerset wicketkeeper Kieswetter, who announced himself in England colours over the winter, and uncapped Hampshire opener Lumb, recently returned from Indian Premier League duty for Rajasthan Royals.
“They’re new to the team and they could bring a fearless element to the top of the order,” said Anderson. “They are exciting players; I have seen a lot of them in Twenty20 cricket.
“Michael’s been out in the IPL so he’s got a lot of Twenty20 experience and they could bring some excitement to the top of the order.”
Anderson sees the inclusion of both Kieswetter and Lumb as evidence that England can prosper in the West Indies, and takes further heart from the team’s performances against Pakistan in Dubai and their one-day and Test series whitewashes over Bangladesh.
“We go into every tournament thinking we can win it and wanting to win it,” he added.
“We had a good tour of Dubai and a good series in Bangladesh, so if we can gel together as a team I see no reason why we can’t win it.”
Anderson sat out England’s tour of Bangladesh due to a knee problem, but played - and impressed - in Lancashire’s opening two LV= County Championship games, taking nine wickets in this week’s win over Essex.
“It was good to get back into some cricket,” he said. “I’ve had a bit of break trying to get my knee right.
“I played a couple of games for Lancashire and it went really well. The knee feels pretty good and I’m excited to be going to the Caribbean.
“(Twenty20) is a non-stop game - you’ve got to be running round for three hours solid.
"I’m pretty confident the knee is going to be fine. I got through the championship games without any pain.
“It was all about getting some overs under my belt and testing my knee out to make sure it could stand up to bowling again. It has done that.
“The rest has done it good. I bowled over 80 overs in the last two weeks and it feels fine. I am pretty positive about it.”