Anderson waiting for England’s signal after being dropped from the side

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James Anderson is waiting for the signal from England to come back for the side

England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who gave a combined taking 1177 wickets, have been left out from the 16-man squad for the three-match Test series against West Indies in March.

The right-arm pacer James Anderson says that he has not heard from the England side since controversially dropped from the squad but he is expecting to hear from them after a new coach and director of cricket have been appointed.

England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who gave a combined taking 1177 wickets, have been left out from the 16-man squad for the three-match Test series against West Indies in March.

The country’s board (ECB) had a string of high-profile departures following the 4-0 Ashes drubbing in Australia including director of cricket Ashley Giles, head coach Chris Silverwood, and batting coach Graham Thorpe.

“After an Ashes defeat everything comes under scrutiny,”

Anderson told British media on Monday.

“Lots are going on, people losing their jobs and stuff. I would have loved a sit-down, face-to-face, but that’s not always possible.

“I would have loved more than a five-minute phone call …

“It’s difficult because there is no one in those positions yet, there is an interim director of cricket and interim head coach. With stuff up in the air like that, I would expect to hear something once those positions are filled.”

England skipper Joe Root said after their Tests defeat to the West Indies that there are major improvements in the team attitude. Anderson said that he had not heard about his comments but rejected the idea that he led the side in a wrong way.

“I’ve done what I did for quite a long period, I feel like I know what I’m doing,”

he said.

“I don’t think I’m extremely stubborn. I will take advice and feedback from people. You’d have to ask Joe what he means by that.”

The 39-year-old has said that he would stop trying to make sense and the fear of being axed but instead, he will focus on taking as many wickets as he can for the Lancashire in the 2022 County Championship campaign to give himself the best chance of a comeback for England.

“If the England call doesn’t come, I will still play here this season,”

he added.

“I have never looked too far ahead in my career. It’s always game by game, series by series, and season by season.” 

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