England can spring surprises in T20 WC: Anderson

Updated: Apr 27, 2010, 15:06 PM IST

London: England pacer James Anderson has said that they can spring a surprise if they play well in the Twenty20 World Cup in the Carribean.

Anderson, who looked fit and in form for Lancashire last week, contradicted both Andy Flower and Kevin Pietersen before the squad left for the World Twenty20 on Sunday.

Team Director Flower suggested that England are undercooked going into the tournament, while Pietersen said that bowlers "missed the boat" by declining to put themselves forward for the Indian Premier League and gain 20-over experience, The Times reports.
"If you look at our bowlers, we had two guys, Stuart [Broad] and Graeme Swann, who played all winter and needed a break after Bangladesh. Personally, I needed a rest from my knee and there wasn`t that opportunity to go to IPL this year," Anderson said.

"In future years it probably would help for England if we could go there and gain more experience of Twenty20, but at the moment it is not an option.

"I will have to wait and see how things go next year. I would like to play IPL because it is exciting and the more experience we get the better," he said.

Anderson said: "I don`t think we are undercooked. We showed in the Champions Trophy in South Africa last year that we are improving in one-day cricket and we have strengthened the right areas."

"We will have to play very, very well, but I don`t see why we can`t win it," The Times quoted him, as saying.