Anderson keeping his cool
England must control their emotions in the forthcoming Test series in Sri Lanka according to seamer James Anderson.
Last Updated: 18/03/12 2:39pm
England must learn to control their emotions in the forthcoming Test series in Sri Lanka according to pace bowler James Anderson.
Tempers flared during the tourists' straightforward victory over a Board XI at the Premadasa Stadium after a controversial not-out decision involving captain Andrew Strauss.
England celebrated a catch by Strauss at first slip after Anderson found Dilruwan Perera's edge during the afternoon session.
Perera, however, decided there was some doubt over whether the ball had been taken cleanly and stood his ground, a decision the umpires upheld following a brief conversation.
The England players made little secret of their dissatisfaction at the incident when they converged in the middle.
To make matters worse the controversial decision was followed moments later by the rejection of a confident run-out appeal at the other end.
"Straussy thought he'd caught it and the batsman questioned it," explained Anderson. "The umpires couldn't see it so they couldn't give it out.
"It was just frustrating with Straussy being the honest, upstanding citizen that he is. He wouldn't lie about something like that.
"You can't tell without the replay, so you have to take Straussy's word on it and the other slip and wicketkeeper thought he'd taken it too.
"Add the heat into it and it was a lesson for us that situations like that are going to be hard to deal with and we have to deal with them well.
"You're working very hard to take wickets and seamers aren't going to bowl a huge amount of overs in a spell so when you get someone out it is frustrating to have it taken away.
"But it is a good lesson for us because we will have to deal with it in the Test matches."
In cricketing terms, England showed they are fit and firing ahead of the series. They bowled out their opponents for 119 to kick off the tour with victory by an innings and 15 runs.
And, on the kind of pitch where spin is often king, seam bowler Anderson was a star performer in each innings, taking the first four wickets of the match on day one before grabbing three more on Saturday to end with figures of 7-40.
He was pleased to contribute to a comprehensive result and praised the management for their ongoing policy of seeking first-class fixtures in their preparations, as opposed to 12 or 13-aside warm-up matches.
"(First-class cricket) is a much better way for us to prepare for a Test series rather than playing a 13 versus 13 where you don't get that same intensity," he said.
"We've shown over the last three days that we're trying to simulate as much as we can the way we're going to play in Test matches. We want to play with the same intensity.
"I thought it was a pretty good three days for us both with bat and ball. We couldn't have asked for more and I thought they were two brilliant bowling performances in both innings.
"There are sterner challenges ahead but all we can do is play what is put in front of us. We know full well it is going to get harder throughout the tour with the heat and the opposition."