Anderson targets England upturn

13 March 2018 07:00:47 EST

James Anderson is eager to help shape a team effort as England aim to improve their recent Test record away from home when they take on New Zealand.

The veteran paceman has been confirmed as vice-captain to Joe Root for the action against the Black Caps, with the Three Lions preparing for two Test matches - a day/nighter in Auckland and a second Test in Christchurch.

It's a big group effort when we go on the field, so it's important that we get that right.

James Anderson

England's recent record on the road has seen them win just once in their last 13 away Tests, suffering ten defeats in that period, including a 4-0 Ashes mauling at the hands of Australia earlier this winter.

And Anderson is determined to try and help his side improve on that dismal recent record, telling BBC Test Match Special: "It's a big group effort when we go on the field, so it's important that we get that right.

"I know what my job is for the team - I've got to take wickets with that new ball, create pressure during the middle periods as well, try to take wickets and help the other bowlers out as well."

And Anderson, who has 523 Test wickets to his name, believes the performances in Australia were not as far away from the standard needed as the final series may have suggested.

He added: "I know the scoreline says 4-0 and it looks like we got thrashed, but in each Test match I don't think we were that far away.

"We got ourselves into games at certain times and it was a bad half-hour or an hour here and there that really cost us the games we lost. I think that's the learning curve for us."

Meanwhile, England are 5/2 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 5/1 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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