Jimmy Anderson vows to regain full fitness and No 1 Test bowler ranking

first_img Australia retain the Ashes after England fail to save fourth Test at Old Trafford Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger And while fitness has scarcely been an issue before – his 575 Test victims owe as much to his longevity as his unquestionable skill – Anderson will double down in this department.“I’m going to try and investigate every possible avenue of what I need to do at my age to keep myself in good shape,” said Anderson, who topped the Test bowling rankings as recently as December last year.“I feel as fit as I ever have. It’s just the calf keeps twanging. I’ll look at how other sports people keep going into their late 30s. Whether there’s anything specific I can do: diet, gym programme, supplements, whatever it might be.“I still feel like I can perform at this level. I still feel like I can be the best bowler in the world. So as long as I’ve got that mentality I’m going to keep pushing myself.” Read more news Australia sport Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp The Ashes Cricket Speaking at an event for Specsavers, he said: “I’m realistic. If I’m not good enough and I’m detracting from the team, I’m too slow or whatever, then I’m not going to embarrass myself or drag the team down. I’ll only keep playing if I think I can be one of the best in the world and if I think I can help this team win Tests.”Anderson blames time pressure for preventing a return in the fourth Test of this Ashes series – he bowled 20 overs in a second XI match a fortnight ago, only for the problem to resurface – and has cut a frustrated onlooker as Joe Root’s England side failed to regain the urn. The 2-1 scoreline for the tourists was secured at Old Trafford, the ground that bears his name at one end, but despite Lancashire trumpeting £8m in revenue after selling 115,000 tickets over five days, Anderson has aired concerns over the surface prepared this summer.“If we’re being brutally honest, I think they’ve suited Australia more than us. I would have liked to have seen a bit more grass but that’s the nature of the game here. When you’re selling out – like Lancashire – it’s hard not to produce a flat deck but that’s one of the frustrations from a player’s point of view.“We go to Australia and get pitches that suit them. They come over here and get pitches that suit them. It doesn’t seem quite right. I thought they were good pitches here against India last summer – they weren’t green seamers but I thought they suited us more than India.“We as a country or a cricket board don’t use home advantage enough. As I said when you go to Australia, go to India, Sri Lanka, they prepare pitches that suit them. I feel like we could just be a little bit more biased towards our own team.”Such talk should not detract from Australia’s efforts this summer, having arrived with a clear gameplan built on a well-stocked and well-rotated seam attack bowling tight lines and a batting unit that has done just enough to dovetail the genius of Steve Smith from No 4.Their celebrations after the 185‑run win in Manchester caught the attention – Smith batting left-handed in glasses that evening was taken to be a dig at England’s Jack Leach in some quarters – but Justin Langer, their head coach, insists it is not mission accomplished until they complete the series win.On the criticism of Smith’s impersonation, Langer said: “When you’re doing well people try and pick holes. I was there, I know the truth, they were talking about Chris Rogers [Australia’s bespectacled former opener]. He was here four years ago and is a great mate of the squad.” Jimmy Anderson believes he can become the world’s No 1 Test bowler once more and, to make this goal a reality, now plans to study how other elite athletes prolong their careers.Aged 37 and the most successful seamer in Test history, Anderson could be forgiven for feeling he has no more mountains to climb after the calf injury that flared up on the opening morning at Edgbaston and wrecked his involvement in the Ashes series this summer.But such thoughts appear far from his mind with the winter tours to New Zealand and South Africa looming. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Read more Pinterest Ashes 2019center_img Anderson tried to prove his fitness playing for Lancashire. Photograph: Barry Mitchell/REX/Shutterstock Support The Guardian Topics Twitter Australia cricket team Since you’re here… Reuse this content Share on Twitter The 42-year-old NFL great Tom Brady, who plays for the New England Patriots, and Ryan Giggs, who played for Manchester United until he was 40, are two careers that Anderson intends to investigate, while a vegan diet is something else he has considered. One thing on which he will not compromise, however, is performance. Share via Email Jimmy Anderson Facebook Share on LinkedIn Jimmy Anderson ruled out of fourth Test and rest of Ashes series England cricket teamlast_img read more

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Healthier Lifestyles Urged to Prevent Non – Communicable Diseases

first_imgStory Highlights Health Minister is urging increased engagement by persons in healthy lifestyles One out of six deaths is due to NCDs NCDs account for a significant percentage of deaths currently occurring in Jamaica Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is urging increased engagement by persons in healthy lifestyles which he contends can significantly reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).His call comes against the background of data suggesting that NCDs account for a significant percentage of deaths currently occurring in Jamaica. Statistics indicate that approximately one out of six deaths is due to NCDs, mainly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer.Health statistics for 2009 showed that diseases of the circulatory and respiratory systems, endocrine and metabolic diseases, and cancer, accounted for approximately 60 per cent of deaths among men, and 75 per cent among women, that year.Data also shows that the cost to administer medical treatment for some NCDs, like cancer, averages as much as $3.6 million.Speaking at Friday’s (September 6) launch of Caribbean Wellness Day 2013, at the Rooms on the Beach Resort, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Dr. Ferguson cited tobacco use, alcohol abuse, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity as the four main behavioural risk factors contributing to the high incidence of NCDs. These, he contended, “largely, are in our individual control.”“The excessive use of alcohol and tobacco smoking is helping to drive this increasing burden of diseases. Move towards having a low-salt, low fat diet, and increase fruits and vegetables intake. Become more physically active, reduce your alcohol consumption, and quit smoking tobacco products,” he urged.The Health Minister pointed out that life expectancy in most Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, is comparable to most developed countries, such as the United States and Canada.“Unfortunately, we are also seeing a higher disease burden as regards to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and some cancers, such as that of the prostate and cervix. We can, together, improve the situation. as eight per cent of heart diseases and diabetes, and 40 per cent of cancers are preventable,” he contended.Activities commemorating Caribbean Wellness Day 2013 are slated for Saturday, September 14, at the Ocean Village Shopping Centre, Ocho Rios, St. Ann.last_img read more

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