James Anderson is worried that England might be under-prepared for the test series against Sri Lanka as it continues to feel the challenges of traveling in the midst of a pandemic. As they were greeted on arrival by medical personnel in full body armour and then hosed down with disinfectant spray before being allowed into the airport terminal, the traveling squad had an interesting start to their journey.
Since then, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Hambantota, room-based quarantine has been in force, constraints that will remain in place for Moeen Ali, who tested positive for Covid-19, and Chris Woakes, who was classified as a possible “close contact,” but will be removed when they pass a second round of testing Tuesday morning for the rest of the party. In Sri Lanka, we have arrived! Pic.twitter.com/ZMPKOrT1ZL- England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 3, 2021 Only nine days later, the first test in Galle begins, with net sessions and games being the only important cricket inside the community. “Anderson spent much of December bowling at the National Cricket Centre in Loughborough in a specially prepared tent as temperatures fell outside – a helpful tool but still short of reality: “It wasn’t perfect, but it was the best of a bad situation. In my backyard, it was better than bowling snowballs,” said the record wicket-taker from England. 1: Jan 14-18 (Galle) 2. Test: Jan 22-26 (Galle) “In the last six weeks it’s been a really useful facility and I’ve been going regularly to bowl. But the whole situation is not ideal for us, we don’t have a long preparation for this series and we don’t have much training for the first Test, so it’s a bit unusual in that respect. “We just have to make the best of it and get going when we come out of quarantine. It’s not going to be fine, and we know that Sri Lanka has played a cricket test, which might give them a little bit of an advantage. It’s something that we’re going to have to deal with as best we can. In South Africa, Sri Lanka is currently playing red ball, but their latest Johannesburg test is only their fourth since the beginning of 2020, while England played nine matches in that span but last competed in white in August. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Stuart Broad (@stuartbroad)At the time, Anderson became the first seam bowler in history to score 600 test wickets, a fe fe I’ve never seen anything like that before,’ he responded,’ I’m sure it’s not going to stop me sledging. Anderson and the rest of the seam attack will spend the next few weeks working for the pace bowling specialist role on the coaching staff under Jon Lewis, the England U19 head coach and one of the key contenders. For 17 years, Anderson has played international cricket and has 369 caps under his belt – a position that he may want to take on himself one day. Asked if he had thought of applying himself to be a player-coach, he responded, “No, I haven’t thought about it yet. “No, to be honest, I haven’t thought about it yet. I feel like what I’m doing already needs enough energy, both mentally and physically. In addition to a true, skilled bowling coach, which I am not right now, I think what I can give with my experience and skills around the team is a nice thing to have.