Anderson: I need another game

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Fast bowler James Anderson is eager to be named in England's XI for this week's important tour fixture against Australia A in Hobart.

Fast bowler James Anderson is eager to be named in England's XI for this week's important tour fixture against Australia A in Hobart.

Anderson struggled in last week's drawn three-day match against the Western Australian Chairman's XI in Perth, snaring just wicket in the first innings and not bowling in the second.

Spinner Graeme Swann and all-rounder Stuart Broad were rested for that game, and are likely to return, leaving Anderson likely to be rotated.

"I think I need another game. I think I need to get more miles in my legs," said Anderson. "You can bowl as much as you want in the nets.

"But actually getting the overs in your legs, and having a second and third spell through the day and having to stay out in the field, is a completely different feeling.

"Then trying to bowl again in the morning, when you can barely get out of bed, is something you need to get used to again."

While Anderson and Broad have all but secured a berth in the team for the first Ashes Test, which will get underway in Brisbane on 21 November, fellow right-armers Boyd Rankin, Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn continue to jostle for position.

"I felt that the four of us were just trying to get into match mode again. It's easy bowling in the nets, and feeling like you're in good rhythm," added Anderson.

"But once you get out in the middle, in a game situation, it's a completely different mindset. I think it was just guys finding their feet out there, and the second innings showed everyone had improved."

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