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The Ashes: No heroics from Jimmy Anderson if series delivers more 'kryptonite' pitches

James Anderson is hoping the Lord's wicket has more to it than the "flat and slow" Edgbaston wicket; Anderson could only find one wicket across Ashes opener; watch the second Ashes Test live from Wednesday on Sky Sports

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Image: James Anderson is hoping for more life in the Lord's wicket after struggling to get movement at Edgbaston

James Anderson has rued the "kryptonite" lifeless Edgbaston pitch in the Ashes opener and fears he will be powerless to help England fight back against Australia if the surfaces for the remainder of the series are flat and slow.

Captain Ben Stokes had asked for "flat, fast wickets" for the series but seamer Stuart Broad described the Edgbaston surface as "soulless" and one of the slowest he had encountered in England.

Anderson acknowledged he was below his best in the opener, posting match figures of 1-109 on his return from a groin injury, but said the wicket had done him no favours.

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"If all the pitches are like that I'm done in the Ashes series," he wrote in his Daily Telegraph column. "That pitch was like kryptonite for me. There was not much swing, no reverse swing, no seam movement, no bounce and no pace.

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"I've tried over the years to hone my skills so I can bowl in any conditions but everything I tried made no difference. I felt like I was fighting an uphill battle. There was a bit of rustiness but I gave it everything I could.

"I know I have more to offer and contribute to the team. I want to make up for it at Lord's."

England declared on 393-8 on the first day and were in the driver's seat for much of the match but Australia's often cautious approach paid off as they claimed a two-wicket victory thanks to a 55-run ninth-wicket partnership between captain Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon.

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Despite the defeat, Anderson said there were plenty of positives to take into the second Test at Lord's, which begins on June 28, live on Sky Sports.

"After day four (coach) Brendon McCullum said we had won already regardless of the result because of the reaction from people about the way we played, and the fact we had stuck to our style," he added.

"It feels like the way we are playing is working. Obviously we know we want to win, we will be judged on the result, but as a team, it is good that we are judging ourselves on our performance."

The men's Ashes resumes at Lord's on Wednesday June 28 with the second of five Tests. Build-up begins on Sky Sports Cricket at 10am ahead of the first ball at 11am.

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