'Enjoy the responsibility of leading attack'

'Enjoy the responsibility of leading attack'

“In the first innings at Lord’s, I did not bowl really well. I bowled a bit wide although I bowled pretty good lengths. I knew if I could hold my length and get my line back in the second innings, I can cause some damage. The fact that I could make that adjustment in the space of a couple of days really pleased me and showed me I’m in control of what I am doing,” noted the right-arm quick here on Wednesday.

The Lancashire bowler said he enjoyed the status of the leader of the attack. “I quite enjoy the responsibility of leading the attack, setting the tone with the first over in the innings. I have really enjoyed it over the last couple of years. I never felt that as a pressure. I enjoyed it as a responsibility,” he observed.

Anderson is currently ranked behind Graeme Swann in the ICC rankings among English bowlers and the paceman said he didn’t mind overtaking the off-spinner as the top bowler. “Our goal is to be number one in the world and to do that, we need individuals in the top ten,” noted the 28-year-old. “You need to try and be as good as possible in both bowling and batting. It’s important that we keep working our way up. I would love to be number one but there is a lot of work to be done before that.”

Reminded that he was already in the top-ten English bowlers of all time, Anderson said: “I’ll do that at the end of my career. It’s nice to look back then. But at the moment I am concentrating on the job I have to do for the team.”

After his skipper Andrew Strauss, Anderson became the second English player to back to the full, the use of DRS. “If the technology is there, we should use it,” he felt when asked if leaving out lbw decisions out of DRS’ purview was wrong. “We have used it in the last few series we have played and were starting to get used to the method of using it when you refer and not refer. We have enjoyed the fact that at the end of the day, more correct decisions were made than the wrong ones. The most pleasing thing was as frustrating as it was of not having it, we managed to not let it affect us and just got on with the job in hand,” he offered.

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