Third ODI: James Anderson backs England to prove heavy defeat was a blip
By Sam Drury
Last Updated: 27/05/14 4:07pm
James Anderson is determined England can bounce back against Sri Lanka in the third ODI at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The hosts slumped to a record 157-run loss at Chester-le-Street as they were bowled out for 99 chasing Sri Lanka's total of 256-8.
Anderson admitted the team were well under-par in Durham, allowing the tourists too manys runs before crumbling with the bat.
“I think it was just one of those days where everything that could go wrong did, especially with the bat, we underperformed and we thought that they probably got 20 too many with the bat," he said.
"We still thought we could chase it down and unfortunately we didn’t get anywhere near. Obviously we were disappointed then, we went away and tried to figure out where we went wrong and today we’ve practiced really hard at how we’re going to come back at Sri Lanka tomorrow."
However, with the series tied at 1-1, Anderson inisted that there was no reason to panic despite such an embarrassing defeat with all still to play for in the remaining three matches.
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“We’ve got three games left in this series to try and show people that that was a blip – and hopefully that’s what it will be," added the 31-year-old Lancastrian.
"We knew Sri Lanka would come back hard at us and they did that, I think it’s going to make for a really good series.”