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No need for England upheaval - Anderson

805   //    08 Jan 2018, 13:26 IST
England seamer James Anderson

James Anderson said there is no need for a "big upheaval" following England's Ashes drubbing and plans to play a key role in trying to regain the urn from Australia next year.

Australia completed a crushing innings-and-123-run victory in the final Test at the SCG on Monday to seal a thumping 4-0 win.

A series which many predicted would be closely contested has proved to be one-sided, Steve Smith's side winning the first three Tests and inflicting more pain on the tourists in Sydney after a draw at the MCG.

Anderson, England's leading wicket-taker in the series with 17 at an average of 27.82, does not feel drastic measures should be taken despite such a chastening beating.

"We have improved over the last 18 months. We've definitely made strides in the right direction," said the seamer.

"It doesn't feel like a series where it should be a big upheaval. We've actually played some good cricket along the way. We've not been blown away in every game.

"Every game has gone to the fifth day. It doesn't feel like a completely disastrous series. We know we've got to improve in a number of areas."

While Anderson said he has played his last Ashes series in Australia, the 35-year-old has the fire in his belly to face England's fierce rivals on home soil in 2019.

"I'm going to do everything I possibly can be to be ready for that series in 2019,” said England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker.

"I'm still hungry to play. I'm delighted I've got through these five Test matches and bowled pretty well."

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