England pace bowler, James Anderson, has revealed that he thinks it will be very tough for England to retain their spot as the top Test team, as they go up against Sri Lanka tomorrow.
“It is going to be difficult to stay there, but we want to stay there as long as we possibly can. Hopefully we can kick-start the form we’ve been showing over the last 12-18 months” he said.
Anderson, who was also part of the England squad that was thoroughly embarrassed, when they were whitewash earlier in the year by Pakistan, hopes that a repeat of the event will not happen again.
The Daily Mirror, a UK-based national paper, quoted Anderson as saying: “The Pakistan series was a reality check for us. I think we got a bit lucky with the South Africa result in New Zealand so we now stay number one.”
However, Anderson feels as if the batsman need to start providing some flare to the squad, if the team is to have any hope of clinging on to their world number one spot in the Test rankings.
“The batters have a point to prove because they didn’t perform as well as they can in the UAE. But I don’t see why we can’t go into this game a confident team – they’ve all had time in the middle in the warm-up games. It is just swings and roundabouts” Anderson said.
With England getting ready to face the Sri Lankans in the first test, all eyes will be on the squad to put up some sort of fight and bounce back from their nightmarish series against Pakistan, in order to prove why they belong at the top of the rankings.