Jimmy Anderson recently turned 38, is coming off one of his most frustrating Test performances in a decade, and has a slew of young and hungry hopefuls biting at his heels for a place in the England cricket team.
Anderson said he lost his rhythm and let emotions get the better of him for probably the first time in 10 years while posting figures of 1-63 and 0-34 in a frustrating match for him at Old Trafford.
“It reminded me of when I first started playing. When you get frustrated and a little bit angry, you try to start bowling quicker and that obviously doesn’t help.”
“Something I have done really well throughout my career is deal with the pressure that comes with playing, whether that’s the pressure of expectation or the pressure of a match situation,” he states.
“This week, I felt I didn’t deal with it very well. That is something I need to look at, go away and work on it and try and make sure if I play in the next game or the Test after that or the winter, whenever I play next, I am ready to cope with that. The minute you start thinking about whispers and things like that, it can affect you.”
Anderson said he will chat about his technique with England coach Chris Silverwood — a former pace bowler himself — this week and also takes some advice from fellow veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad.
“I have never counted my chickens, never thought I was definitely playing the next game,” Anderson states.
“I have always worked hard whether I was at the peak of my powers or when I first started. Having the attitude of working hard in practice, keeping improving, and then play well in the game itself. Those are the things I try to do and that doesn’t change in the next week, the next year or the next three years, whatever it might be.”