James Anderson: Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes will need patience to change England fortunes
Bowler James Anderson says England will need patience to turn their fortunes under new Test coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes.
Having won just one of its last 17 Tests, England have not won in any of their last five series.
The team that will take the first test against the world champion New Zealand at the House of Lords on June 2 will be announced on Wednesday.
“I do not think the team will change much – the best player,” Anderson said.
England full-time goalkeeper Anderson and new Bball’s longtime partner Stuart Broad are expected to be cashed in after being removed from the West Indies tour in March.
“I do not believe in anything until the team is selected,” Anderson said at the LV = Insurance test event.
“My job is to prove I’m in good shape, get the Lancashire part and help them win games.”
Both New England CEO Rob Key and Stokes have said they want the veteran couple back.
Key, Stokes and McCullum were part of a selection panel meeting on Tuesday to select a team of up to 17 players.
The return of Anderson and Broad will strengthen a fast-paced bowling team that is missing at least seven injured players.
Jofra Archer and Maybe Stone are gone, Mark Wood is recovering from elbow surgery and Sam Koran is recovering from a back strain crisis. Chris Woakes has not played since the Caribbean tour.
Saqib Mahmoud was suspended from the season on Monday, while Yorkshire confirmed on Tuesday that Matthew Fisher will be out “for a longer time” with a back injury.
The style can be a little different
The absence could lead to the summons of 23-year-old Matty Potts, who is Durham’s main goalkeeper in the district championship this season.
Stokes has confirmed he will bat former captain Joe Root in fourth place in the West Indies batting test.
England need the third, or they can knock Zack Crowley out of the first round and pick a new partner for Alex, who is not in the rankings.
At the center, 23-year-old Harry Brook of Yorkshire is the top scorer in Division 1 this season and has shown less Stokes performance in the Northern Superchargers’ 100.
Brook scored 41 and 82 to save the Yorkshire Roses against Lancashire, including Anderson.
“He’s a serious player,” Anderson said. “I had shooting problems. He has a lot of shots. There are a lot of players with hats, a lot of bat and ball players.”
Anderson also paid tribute to Lancashire’s longtime friend Matt Parkinson, who has scored 23 goals this season.
Parkinson is a regular visitor to England but has never been on a test. He will fight with the slow southern cape Jack Leach for a place in the main camp.