By India Today Sports Desk: England fast-bowler James Anderson said Australia were too good for them following their two-wicket loss in a thrilling match at Edgbaston. Australia beat England to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match Ashes 2023 series.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Anderson said they fought hard on a placid wicket while crediting Australia for being too good for them. Australia chased down 174 runs on Day 5 with just 27 balls and two wickets remaining.
“We are gutted not to get over the line but over the next few days when we look back at what we have done we can be really proud. We have tried to dominate from ball one. The declaration was really positive. We fought and fought on a really placid pitch. But credit to Australia they were just to good for us,” said Anderson.
He went on to say that they will let the result soak in and target areas in which they can improve. Anderson managed to pick just one wicket over the course of the two innings, bowling 21 overs in the first innings and 17 in the second.
“There are areas we can improve. There always is and in tight games those chances do get put in the spotlight. But we will let it soak in, get over the disappointment and look at the positives,” Anderson added.
Anderson said both set of fans can go home saying they’ve watched one of the great Test matches between the two sides. Australia registered a historic win at Edgbaston on the back of a captain’s knock from Pat Cummins and a masterful display from opener Usman Khawaja over the two innings.
“We have played some great cricket. We have had five sold out days and everyone has gone home happy. Both sets of fans can go home saying they have been to one of the great Test matches,” said Anderson.
England will now aim to level the five-match series when they face Australia in the second game set to be played at Lord’s on June 28.