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“We are going to cherish this moment because it doesn’t happen very often.”
Fresh off a 3-0 win against Australia in the first leg of the Ashes series, England pace bowler James Anderson believes the national team “can go to Australia and play even better” in the second leg of the Ashes series, which gets underway on November 21.
Anderson, who took 22 wickets at an impressive average of 29.59 during the series, was delighted to have played a crucial role in helping his country retain the coveted urn.
“We know we can go to Australia and play even better,” Anderson told Sky Sports. “It feels pretty good (to win the Ashes). It would have felt even better if we could have got the last few overs in there. I am delighted to have won the Ashes. Today was fantastic for the crowd. As it got closer and closer we really thought we could do it but unfortunately the light didn’t hold out. We are going to cherish this moment because it doesn’t happen very often.”
While Anderson praised his team-mates and the support staff for another successful Ashes series, England coach Andy Flower noted that a majority of the acclaim had to go to captain Alastair Cook.
“I think Cook’s strong leadership was a key,” Flower said. “The players need to trust and respect their leader. He is a man they all look up to and he has a certain conviction and inner strength that will serve English cricket well. (But) We must be better players by the time we take them on in November.”