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Anderson: 'Exciting that we're talking about the possibility of playing cricket this summer'
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Anderson: 'Exciting that we're talking about the possibility of playing cricket this summer'

James Anderson says he is still excited to play for England this season, even if matches are staged behind closed doors.

England cricketers have been given a green signal for the training next week, with centrally contracted bowlers following all health and safety protocols to minimize any chances of COVID-19 outbreak.

The England and Wales Cricket Board are hoping they can stage cricket behind closed doors and West Indies and Pakistan tours loom this summer.

According to recent reports, Pakistan’s tour of England could go ahead after two boards held positive talks over the arrangements for the Test and T20I series.

"It's exciting in a way we're actually talking about the possibility of playing cricket this summer," said Anderson in an Instagram Live with fellow bowler Stuart Broad on Friday.

"I think as long as everything is place with safety concerns then I'll be pretty comfortable playing.

"We've been a part of the England set up for a long time now. We've got some great people working on every possibility and outcome from this summer and going forwards."

‘Playing in empty grounds similar to county cricket’

As for playing the matches behind closed doors, Anderson said he had experienced playing in empty grounds for his county side Lancashire.

"It's quite easy to play in front of a big crowd because of the intensity, you have to be on top of your game," explained Anderson, a 37-year-old veteran of 151 Tests.

"If there's no people there you have to try and find your own energy and intensity from somewhere. To be honest it will be pretty similar to county cricket!"

On the other hand, Broad said it would take eight or nine bowling sessions to get the quicks ready for matches.

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"It's going to take us eight or nine bowling sessions I reckon for us to feel like our bodies are ready to get going," Broad said.

Anderson then went on to add that nothing can match the feel of bowling in the nets or out in the middle.

"Yeah it's hard. As much as you can bowl in your garden or with a tennis ball or whatever, nothing replicates practice or (being) out in the middle so we've got to give ourselves time to get back into it.

"And I think the other thing is not to get frustrated again because it's been so long since we bowled.

"If a few balls go where you don't want them, you've just got to bide your time while you get back into it."