• New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Dunedin, 3rd day

Angry Anderson seeks improvement

ESPN staff
March 8, 2013
Anderson predicts uphill struggle

England bowler James Anderson has admitted suffering frustration during the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin, but insists the team is working hard to improve their performance.

The Lancashire seamer became visibly annoyed as debutant Hamish Rutherford proved a stubborn force at the crease; on one occasion, with Rutherford on 109, Anderson kicked the ball back to the wicketkeeper in anger.

"Our job is to create chances and when you do that and they're not taken it can be frustrating," Anderson said.

"It does build up and it comes out in various ways, you know, your emotions are high and that's the kind of thing that happens."

With the hosts stretching out to a 235-run lead at stumps on day three, Anderson is confident that England can look beyond their woeful opening innings in a hope to save a draw.

"I thought we bowled much better than we did yesterday and asked a lot more questions of them," Anderson said.

"I thought we bowled really well with the second new ball, I thought Broady [Stuart Broad] bowled well all the way through yesterday and today and was unlucky not to pick up more wickets."

Whilst the thought of a double Ashes series will be at the forefront of many, Anderson, who ended the day with four wickets including that of the impressive Rutherford, is firmly focused on the task in hand.

"Without looking too far ahead, we've got to make sure we just bat better in the second innings," the 30-year old said.

"First of all we've got to get three wickets, which might not be that easy with someone like [Brendon] McCullum at the crease.

"We've got to work hard for that in the morning and then when it is our turn to bat again we've got to bat much better."

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