Anderson pleased to move on
James Anderson was relieved to put a difficult one-day international winter behind him with a man-of-the-match display in England’s first ODI of the summer.
The paceman claimed 4-18 from five overs in addition to two catches to help the hosts to a 110-run Duckworth-Lewis win at the Kia Oval in the first NatWest Series one-day international.
Anderson took as many wickets today as he did in five World Cup matches at the end of an exhausting winter that began with him collecting 24 Ashes scalps.
Following their 3-1 Ashes win, England lost the one-day series against Australia 6-1 before suffering a 10-wicket World Cup quarter-final defeat to today’s opponents.
“It was a frustrating winter in the one-day form of the game for the team and for me personally,” Anderson reflected. “I felt like I didn’t perform to the standards I set myself. I was very frustrated and disappointed.
“We know as a one-day team we’ve got a lot of improvements to do,” he added. “We’ve got to use this as a sounding board and move on from here.”
Anderson shared the plaudits for England’s performance with the ball, in which Graeme Swann and Jade Dernbach combined for five wickets.
“I thought we bowled brilliantly as a unit and the wickets could have gone to anyone,” he said.
Anderson reserved special praise for fellow seamer Dernabch, who took two wickets in his ODI debut on his home ground.
“He slotted in fantastically well. He brings something different, he’s got some good tricks up his sleeve,” he observed.
“He’s got a lot of confidence and I didn’t really see any sign of nerves today and did really well and put in a really solid performance.”
England’s new ODI captain Alastair Cook made sure Anderson had his fair share of the limelight, having dismissed key trio Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara early on.
“It was an outstanding performance from all the bowlers but obviously Jimmy up front, to get them 20 for four, to get their dangermen out and get us right ahead of the game,” Cook said.
“Full credit to Jimmy, he deserves his four wickets. He was begging me for one more over to get his fifth.”
Cook also lauded England’s batsmen, who posted a challenging 229 for eight in a game reduced to 32 overs a side.
Cook fell before a three-hour rain delay, after which Craig Kieswetter went on to make 61 from 56 balls and Eoin Morgan 45 from 35 deliveries.
“I thought the way we batted and handled that rain break was very special,” added Cook, who reserved particular mention for Kieswetter – playing in his first ODI for almost a year.
“He can hit the ball really hard and he showed it today,” he said. That’s why he’s in the side and it’s great for him to get back scoring runs straight away.”
“He’s obviously worked really hard. Lets not get carried away with just one innings but a lot of good things come when you work really hard at your game and put the hours in. Performances like that today, that’s why you do it.”
Overall, Cook was thrilled with his side’s display.
“It doesn’t get much better than that; to win by such a big margin in a shorted game like that was a fantastic effort from the lads. I’m really pleased,” he enthused.
Cook’s opposite number Dilshan refused to make excuses for Sri Lanka’s heavy defeat.
“A short game can go either way, but they batted well and put a huge score to chase,” he said. “To chase 230 is not easy, batting second. We had to take a chance and it didn’t work.”
“The last two days we had sunshine but today we came to the match and we had rain and it was overcast,” he added.
“Normally that helps the English bowlers but that’s not an excuse. We didn’t bat well and we didn’t bowl that much better and we lost the match.”