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Serious pride at stake - Anderson

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James Anderson & Shane Watson

James Anderson's sparky showing, which included the early scalp of Shane Watson, vindicated the decision to rest him

James Anderson wants England to start afresh against Australia at Chester-le-Street on Sunday and banish thoughts of becoming the first side in history to lose a one-day international series 7-0.

After the elation of Ashes success, England's limited-overs squad has been blown away by Australia in six successive NatWest Series outings.

Yesterday saw their most humbling defeat yet, a 111-run thrashing as the hosts capitulated for 185 on what appeared to be a decent batting track.

But Lancashire seamer Anderson, who marked his return to the line-up with four wickets at Trent Bridge following a two-match rest, has called for the side to treat the game as a one-off warm-up for next week's ICC Champions Trophy rather than focus on recent results.

"Obviously we don't want to lose 7-0,” Anderson said. “There'll be a lot of pride to play for on Sunday. We're very disappointed with the way we've played in this series, we've never really clicked as a team.

"But we've got the Champions Trophy to look forward to now as a fresh start. We need to use this as a warm-up game for that.

"We have to try and forget as much as possible that we're 6-0 down and make sure we put in the performances we're capable of."

Anderson was rested for the fourth and fifth NatWest Series losses to Australia, after a summer which has seen some players contest two Test and one-day series and the World Twenty20.

And he believes he has benefited from that brief departure from the contest.

“Whenever you play a five-Test series, it's always going to make the season feel long, then when you've got seven ODIs at the end, it makes the schedule even more ram-packed," he said.

“It has been a long summer, but that's what you have to expect as an international cricketer these days.

Australia & Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting pulled off two run-outs, the second the result of miscommunication between Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah

“The rest freshened me up a bit, body and mind, and when I joined up with the squad again I was really looking forward to the game.

“We're representing England and it's always a huge honour to do that every chance you get. But the rest was just long enough, I felt re-energised and I was really pleased with my performance in the field.”

Despite England looking second best with both bat and ball, as well as in the field, Anderson believes the margins between the teams remain relatively small.

"The vast majority of us in the dressing-room still believe we can beat Australia, and we think that 6-0 probably flatters them a bit," he said.

"We know that we've not yet played anywhere near the standard that we're capable of."

Anderson also addressed the increasingly concerning problem of running between the wickets in the England camp.

Owais Shah has been subject to plenty of criticism for some indecisive calling during the series, while both Ravi Bopara and Matt Prior were run out by Ricky Ponting in Nottingham.

Anderson admits it is an unacceptable problem for a major international team to have.

"You'd think that after playing cricket for most of our lives, we'd be able to do that, it's not the most difficult of skills," he conceded.

"Throughout the series, it seems as though we've tried to make it look as complicated as possible. I don't know why. It's not really something you can practice, it's just something you ought to be able to do when you've played a lot of cricket.

"I suppose when the confidence is low as a batting team, it affects everything, not just your shot selection.

"To be a good one-day side, you've got to be good at running between the wickets, and we need to improve."

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