Anderson looks to right wrongs

  • Last Updated: February 19 2013, 6:23 GMT

England's leading wicket-taker James Anderson may soon have more records in his sights, but he will start that process by first trying to set another one straight in New Zealand.

Anderson: England's leading wicket-taker in international cricket
Anderson: England's leading wicket-taker in international cricket

It was here in England's one-day international series five years ago, before his successful return to the Test team in Wellington, that Anderson endured one of his most chastening experiences.

In Hamilton on Sunday, the fast bowler took his 529th international wicket to usurp the great Ian Botham at the top of England's all-time list.

But back in 2008, he could muster just four of those wickets in 37 overs at a cost of 270 runs and spread across five matches.

As he prepared for Wednesday's second match of the current series in Napier, Anderson acknowledged he and England left themselves something to work on in their last ODI visit.

It was at McLean Park, in fact, that England shared the honours in a tied match after 680 runs had been scored in the day.

Only there and in Auckland did the tourists avoid defeat in a 3-1 reverse.

They will need to do likewise this time too, in the final two instalments of this three-match series after losing the first in Hamilton, if they are to prevent a fourth successive ODI series defeat in New Zealand.

Anderson was part of only the most recent one, but remembers it well enough to be determined to put things right.

"It didn't go well, and we've got a few guys here who were in that team.

"But our goal is pretty clear now. We've got to win these two games if we want to take the series, so we've got to improve from the last game."

Brendon McCullum and a limping Martin Guptill led the Kiwis to victory two days ago, by three wickets and with seven balls to spare.

Anderson said: "Obviously there are things we need to work on.

"I thought we bowled well up front but were then probably a little bit rusty when it came down to the later overs towards the end.

"So that's something we're trying to brush up on."

He is among group of players who had previously not been in action since December. Anderson was rested for the Twenty20 series, and none of the ODI top three - Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott - feature in the Twenty20 side.

"It's tricky not having that match practice before a series," Anderson added.

"But we have to cope with that these days.

"It's a tough task playing against New Zealand here. I know that from last time.

"Then that first game showed it again."

Hamish Rutherford, who made his international debut against England in the Twenty20s and has been called into the ODI squad too, has been named in the New Zealand XI to take on the tourists in their four-day Test match warm-up fixture in Queenstown, starting on February 27.

The team will be led by wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi, who has completed his four-year qualification period to play for New Zealand after representing Australia in four ODIs and three T20s in 2008/9.


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