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Anderson: "I'm embarrassed every time I bat" Published: 14 July 2014

England's James Anderson raises his bat at Trent Bridge after scoring his maiden fifty
England's James Anderson raises his bat at Trent Bridge after scoring his maiden fifty

England bowler James Anderson - who hit his maiden fifty in the first Investec Test match at Trent Bridge - admits that every time he goes out to bat he feels embarrassed.

Speaking at Lord’s before the India series began, the 31-year-old pace bowler said that his most embarrassing moment on a cricket pitch was “every time I go out and bat.”

Anderson, who has 359 Test wickets, said: "I feel embarrassed every time I go out and bat, because I can't!

"I work really hard on my batting, but I just feel embrarrassed when I miss a straight one or punch one to gully."

However, Anderson may look more fondly on his batting following his first ever fifty in any form of cricket at the weekend.

The ‘Burnley Lara’ as he has been affectionately dubbed struck 81 in a tenth wicket stand of 198 with Joe Root against India on Saturday - the new highest tenth-wicket stand in Test cricket.

And the records continued to tumble for Anderson, as his 81 is now the highest ever score by an England number 11, while his 230 minutes at the crease is a record for time spent in the middle by a Test match number 11.

Anderson: "I feel embarrassed every time I bat"

England face India in the second Investec Test of the series, which begins here at Lord's on Thursday 17 July.


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