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England pace bowler James Anderson has announced that the national team will be well prepared for the 2015 World Cup, especially since they will only be playing ODIs from now on.
England have struggled in the 50-over format as they recently lost to Sri Lanka and India at home.
Prior to the World Cup, England will travel to Sri Lanka for a limited overs series in November before heading to the Land Down Under for an ODI tri-series involving Australia and India.
“The advantage we’ve got over the next few months is we can concentrate solely on one day cricket,” Anderson told Sky Sports. “We’ve no Test cricket now until March so we can go to Sri Lanka in a couple of months’ time and really focus on improving as a one-day side and go over to Australia for that Tri-Series just before the World Cup and make sure our skills are in order for doing well in the World Cup.
“Conditions will be different in Sri Lanka [to those in Australia and New Zealand] but it’s about trying to get your skills better.
“We’re going to come up against quality spinners in the World Cup and it will give us good practice against spin. It will give the bowlers good practice to use their variations in Sri Lanka and get those up to speed.
“I don’t think it matters too much where you play one day cricket you always just want to try and keep improving.
“In previous years it’s not always been the case where we can concentrate on one-day cricket for such a long period of time, there’s always been Test matches around big one-day competitions.
“We’re delighted by this opportunity and at the end of it there’ll be no excuse. It’s exciting more than anything. We’ve got such a talented group of players and we can work hard together for this next period of time and hopefully get some good results to show for it in the World Cup.”
Anderson also noted that batsman Eoin Morgan will play a crucial role in helping England have a successful World Cup campaign.
“He’s going to be a huge player for us in the one day series in Sri Lanka and on to the World Cup,” he said. “He’s one of the most talented players I’ve played with and he’s one of those match winners you need, especially in a big competition like the World Cup and we’re hoping for him to do well.”