Thursday, September 10, 2009

Anderson: Schedule has taken its toll

Fast bowler James Anderson has suggested that England's packed schedule has taken a toll on fans as well as weary cricketers.

The Three Lions are 3-0 down in the NatWest Series with four matches still to play, and Anderson feels the crowds at the first two one-dayers were as lacklustre as the England players.

"We remembered the atmosphere we got all the way through the Oval Test match, and especially on that last day, and then we came into the one-dayer, and it was very, very quiet and a very different atmosphere," Anderson was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.

"And at Lord's as well, it was very different. It's strange when, from the dressing room, you can actually hear players shouting encouragement on the field because, obviously, through the Ashes you couldn't hear that."

England have also had two washed out Twenty20 matches against Australia and a one-day international in Belfast since clinching the Ashes at The Oval.

"It is difficult, but that's just the way the schedule is at the minute," continued Anderson. "Wherever we go in the world, each series is pretty much back-to-back and we don't get much rest in between.

"Ideally we'd have wanted a few more days after the Ashes to let things settle down and let people's bodies recover, but it wasn't to be. It's just something we have to try and get used to."

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