English pace bowler James Anderson started his international career at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and starts out on his 4th International Cricket Council World Cup crusade at the same venue on Saturday.
James will be his team’s superstar as they start against the odds to land their 1st International Cricket Council World Cup title.
Anderson, who is just four short of beating Ian Botham‘s England Test record of 383 wickets, revealed to being thankful of just playing for England back in 2002 when he emerged for England for the 1st time at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
He recalled those memories saying: “The 20-year-old version of me was that I was just happy to be there and enjoying the occasion. I guess the abuse at the time was a bit of a shock, and tomorrow it won’t be. I know now that you just have to enjoy occasions like these, to play at the MCG in front of a full house against Australia in a World Cup is something every player dreams of and we’re all so excited about tomorrow, can’t wait.”
While England are not among dark knights of the World Cup to win the biggest tournament of cricket final on 29th March at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), James remains the everlasting optimist that England can indeed win the big one this time.
He said that the previous few World Cups have been very abortive from their point of view, but this time there is a real difference in the belief that they have got.
He also thinks there is a true belief that they can amaze a few teams. They feel confident that they can defeat anyone if they play their best. In a tournament like ICC World Cup it is all about qualifying for the quarter-finals and you are 3 matches away from winning the ICC World Cup. They are really eager on getting off to a good start tomorrow and probably everything will take care of itself after the match.
Anderson noticed the big duty he carries for England in the ICC World Cup.
He said his job is to start good with the new ball, quite often bowl in the power play and at the slog as well. In the previous 3 weeks he has bowled reasonably well up front, took wickets and kept the runs down.
In 188 One Day Internationals, James Anderson has taken 264 wickets at 28.84 and is currently the International Cricket Council’s 4th ranked bowler.