Anderson ready for Ashes tour
England seamer James Anderson insists he is rested and ready to go again in another Ashes battle.
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The Lancastrian played a key role in helping Alastair Cook's side retain the miniature urn on home soil this summer, taking 22 wickets in the series including 10 in a thrilling first Test at Trent Bridge.
The national selectors opted to rest the Burnley bowler for the one-dayers that followed, giving him the chance to take a holiday with his family and "generally just stay away from cricket for a bit".
"It was a really close-fought series, even if the final scoreline says 3-0," he told Sky Sports. "The games themselves were very close and it was tough, both physically and mentally, as it always is.
"With the away series being so soon, it was good to get a break before we go again.
"It is frustrating missing cricket, especially when you're fully fit. But, seeing the bigger picture and with an important series coming up, it was probably the right thing to do.
"I still kept in touch with the one-day series and tried to watch as much as I could."
Now, refreshed ahead of the return series Down Under, Anderson is looking forward to making his third Ashes tour of duty.
His maiden trip finished with five wickets at a cost of over 82 in a whitewash defeat. Then, second time around, he finished up doing the celebratory sprinkler dance with his team-mates on the outfield of the famous Sydney Cricket Ground, having claimed 24 scalps in the five Tests.
So, as he prepares for the pinnacle of all overseas tours for an Englishman, did the 31-year-old feel the need to prove himself on Australian soil last time out?
"I hadn't really thought about it, to be honest," Anderson, who will be using the Slazenger V100 ULTIMATE TAS in Australia, admitted.
"I certainly wanted to put in a better performance than I did the time before. But I knew I was a better and different bowler than the one who went there in 2006/07.
"I just wanted to show people what I could do."
England could make history if they record a fourth successive series win over their oldest rivals, something that has not happened in the past 123 years.
"The Ashes are huge for us and we love playing in them," Anderson added.
"There is no better series for an Englishman, so it's exciting that we've got the chance to win four in a row this time around. Everyone is really relishing the chance to do that."
James Anderson will be using the Slazenger V100 ULTIMATE TAS bat during this winter's Ashes series, part of the new 2014 Slazenger cricket range available to pre-order in November