English cricket hero James Anderson admits to the West Indies

James Anderson was dropped for England's tour of the Caribbean

James Anderson was dropped for England’s tour of the Caribbean (Photo: Getty)

James Anderson has stopped trying to make sense England’s decision to drop him for the latest tour of the Caribbean and admits his international career is ‘a bit in the air’ as he has been kept in the dark about his test future.

England made the controversial decision to drop their two leading wicket-takers for the trip to the Caribbean with both Anderson and Broad left out of the test squad.

The move can hardly be considered a success, with England slipping to a 1-0 defeat in the three-match series and tempo bowlers Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood struggling with either form or fitness.

Anderson has taken 173 wickets at 21.41 over the last five years – and 640 rebounds in 169 games in total – and admits he is still amazed at his latest rebound.

Asked if he understands the England and Wales Cricket Boards decision, Anderson said on Lancashire’s pre-season media day: ‘Absolutely not.

‘I stopped trying to understand it and just put it aside. It was completely out of my control. That’s what it is.

‘Something like that is for me a pretty big deal because it came out of the blue. I still feel like I’ll bowl well.

Stuart Broad was also left out of England's latest Test squad

Stuart Broad was also left out of England’s latest Test squad (Photo: Getty)

‘I was in the top 10 on the world rankings, so I feel like I’m doing a good job for the team. I feel I have a lot to offer, not just on the pitch but off the field. ‘

Interim director of cricket Sir Andrew Strauss, interim head coach Paul Collingwood and headscout James Taylor selected England’s 16-man squad for the West Indies.

Both Anderson and Broad received what they described as short phone calls from Strauss to explain their omissions, but Anderson has barely had any contact from the ECB since.

“I’ve talked to the overall physio,” the 39-year-old said. ‘It’s a little weird because I’m a central contract, but I have not received too much feedback from them.

‘It’s hard because there’s no one in those positions [head coach and managing director]so I’m assuming that’s why I did not hear anything.

‘I would have loved to sit down face to face, but that is not always possible in these situations. I would have loved more than a five minute phone call. ‘

For now, Anderson and Broad are focusing their attention on county cricket, and both are expected to play regularly for Lancashire and Nottinghamshire respectively over the next two months before England’s home Test series against New Zealand begins in June.

“The first test is in our minds,” Anderson added. ‘To be centrally contracted, that’s how we should think.

‘It’s about trying to find a balance between playing enough, but not getting overworked for the first test. I want to be in as good shape as possible in that series.

‘For me, the best way to do that is to perform for Lancashire and try to win cricket matches. It’s really been my mindset forever – to perform as well as I possibly can here, and hopefully these achievements will lead to a call. If not, then we will at least get a good start to the season.

‘It’s a bit up in the air with regard to England. What I can focus on and control is playing for Lancashire. It will be exciting for me to have two good months with Lancashire. ‘

Anderson is not expected to be in the Lancashire County Championship season opener against Kent on Thursday, while Broad was absent when Nottinghamshire kick-started their season with a 10-wickets win over Sussex at Hove.

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