HAMBANTOTA: Beginning a hazmat suit test tour, disinfection spray and isolation will knock several athletes for six, but England’s cricketers are thankful for their Sri Lankan hosts’ careful reception, fast bowler James Anderson said on Monday.
The veteran England stalwart said he was excited about the challenge of tours to Sri Lanka and India, even though it is supposed to be difficult on wickets for seamers who typically don’t give them much support.
A long break had helped him to work on his fitness and he was itching to play test cricket for the first time since August, when he crossed the 600-wicket milestone against Pakistan, the 38-year-old, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, said.
Obviously, for seam bowlers, these would be challenging trips, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. “It’s just another challenge and the fact that we haven’t played any test cricket for a couple of months now means we’re all hungry to get out there,” Anderson said from his hotel room at an online news conference.
Four tests in India in February and March mirror the two-match series in Sri Lanka. In 2021, England is expected to play 17 Tests.
When we went on the last few tours of Sri Lanka, the wickets really fit the spinners. But there are chances for wickets for the seamers to take; there is reverse swing and spinning is even achieved by the new ball,’ Anderson added. Of course, I’ve had some luck in Galle, and I know that some of the other seamers do, so it’s definitely not doom and gloom for the seamers. We have to be willing to bring in a major change.
Our work may be shorter stretches and fewer overs in the day, but we will surely have chances to take wickets,
On Sunday, England landed on the island of the Indian Ocean to resume a tour postponed in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and will expect to replicate their 2018 Sri Lanka 3-0 whitewash.
Joe Root’s men were received at the airport by workers in hazmat suits who sprayed the team and their luggage with disinfectant before they were permitted to take their second Covid-19 exam in as many days at the terminal.
The team had the tiny Mattala airport all to itself, as almost no international flights into the country are permitted as it is battling a new wave of infections.
The 23 England players went into a strict hotel quarantine in Hambantota after being sprayed and screened.