England won’t turn on batters: Anderson – Daily Liberal

Posted: December 27, 2021 at 4:19 pm

Star quick Jimmy Anderson says England's bowlers will not be blaming their faltering top-order despite the Ashes slipping away in record time. England's diabolical tour appeared to be turning around after a spirited fightback in the field saw Australia dismissed for 267 on day two of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. But the tourists' optimism faded in 58 minutes of carnage before stumps on Monday as they slumped to 4-31 - still 51 runs behind - and they will have to produce a mighty fightback to prevent Australia clinching the series 3-0. After six innings in the series, England's average opening partnership is just 7.5 while none of the three men used have passed 40. Anderson could not have done much more as the 39-year-old finished with figures of 4-33 from 23 overs, saying he felt like he was capable of taking a wicket every ball during a spell before lunch. "We're a team here, we're all working really hard to try and put in some much better performances as a group," Anderson said. "We haven't bowled great in the first two games, we knew we could have bowled better and have gone away and worked hard." "All I can see is how hard the batting group is working to get things right. It can be very difficult in foreign conditions against a world-class bowling attack." Australian opener Marcus Harris, who scored a career-saving 76 on Monday, is not feeling for his English counterparts. "Unfortunately, as an opener you get thrown into these situations a little bit," Harris said. "It's hard work, but it's probably no different having to go over and do it in England so there won't be much sympathy from me or (David Warner). "With our attack and how we're bowling at the moment, it's obviously a great challenge and we've bowled brilliantly all series." Australian Associated Press

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December 28 2021 - 3:31AM

Star quick Jimmy Anderson says England's bowlers will not be blaming their faltering top-order despite the Ashes slipping away in record time.

England's diabolical tour appeared to be turning around after a spirited fightback in the field saw Australia dismissed for 267 on day two of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

But the tourists' optimism faded in 58 minutes of carnage before stumps on Monday as they slumped to 4-31 - still 51 runs behind - and they will have to produce a mighty fightback to prevent Australia clinching the series 3-0.

After six innings in the series, England's average opening partnership is just 7.5 while none of the three men used have passed 40.

Anderson could not have done much more as the 39-year-old finished with figures of 4-33 from 23 overs, saying he felt like he was capable of taking a wicket every ball during a spell before lunch.

"We're a team here, we're all working really hard to try and put in some much better performances as a group," Anderson said.

"We haven't bowled great in the first two games, we knew we could have bowled better and have gone away and worked hard."

"All I can see is how hard the batting group is working to get things right. It can be very difficult in foreign conditions against a world-class bowling attack."

Australian opener Marcus Harris, who scored a career-saving 76 on Monday, is not feeling for his English counterparts.

"Unfortunately, as an opener you get thrown into these situations a little bit," Harris said.

"It's hard work, but it's probably no different having to go over and do it in England so there won't be much sympathy from me or (David Warner).

"With our attack and how we're bowling at the moment, it's obviously a great challenge and we've bowled brilliantly all series."

Australian Associated Press

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