Ashes 2013: England’s Anderson excited by Old Trafford homecoming

Ashes 2013: England bowler James Anderson says he is looking forward to playing a Test against Australia at Old Trafford

James Anderson says he is relishing England’s third Ashes Test against Australia at his home ground, Old Trafford.

The England bowler has been one of the standout performers of the series so far, particularly in the first Test, when the 31-year-old took a vital 10 wickets.

Anderson was denied the chance to impress in front of a partisan crowd when Australia last toured England as the Ashes series skipped the famous Old Trafford ground.

“It’s always nice to play at your home ground and there’s not been a Test there for a couple of years,” Anderson told ECB’s website.

“There’s not been an Ashes Test there since 2005 so there’s going to be a great atmosphere. It always is at Old Trafford so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Anderson also praised England for their impressive start to the series, with the hosts winning the Lord’s test by an emphatic 347 runs.

“We knew we had to start well in such a big series. We’ve had a great start, but there’s a long way to go,” he added.

“The Aussies are very competitive; we’ve seen that in this series so far and we know they’re going to come back strong at Old Trafford.

“It’s our job to re-set now and almost treat the next three games as a three-match series.”

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