Anderson targeting Sri Lanka success

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England fast bowler James Anderson is going to use the one-day series against Sri Lanka in November as a 'springboard' to winning the World Cup in the Antipodes in February.

England fast bowler James Anderson is going to use the one-day series against Sri Lanka in November as a 'springboard' to winning the World Cup in the Antipodes in February.

The Three Lions are playing nothing but ODIs until the ICC showpiece, as most nations are too, and will play seven ODIs in Sri Lanka. Their most recent series, against India in England, saw the hosts lose three-one.

The Lancashire paceman told <i>ecb.co.uk</i> about his ambitions: "Leading up to a World Cup we've never had that focus on one-day cricket.

"It's nice to have that and I think with the one-day game we've got a promising squad, a very promising squad.

"We didn't get the result we wanted against India so it is something that we obviously need to improve on, starting in Sri Lanka in a couple of months' time.

"Hopefully we can get some momentum going and build up to Christmas and then once we go to Australia for the World Cup – we've got a tri-series before the World Cup – we'll be in some good form and have an idea of who our strongest XI is.

"The World Cup is a huge deal for everyone and it is something that we want to do well in. It's something that, we've never won a 50-over ICC competition so it is something that we are striving for.

"We're just hoping that this Sri Lanka tour can be a springboard for that."

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