Anderson wants players to stay composed in Sri Lanka

Colombo: England fast bowler James Anderson has said his teammates need to keep their cool after a doubtful not-out decision caused tempers to blaze during a routine victory over a Board XI.

Emotions were running high when Anderson found Dilruwan Perera`s edge in the afternoon session, and England celebrated a catch by captain Andrew Strauss at first slip.

Perera thought there was some doubt over whether the ball had been taken cleanly, and stood his ground, a decision the umpires sustained after a brief conversation.

England players congregated in the middle, and expressed their frustration at the incident, which was followed closely by the rejection of a confident run-out appeal at the other end.

“Straussy thought he’d caught it and the batsman questioned it. The umpires couldn`t see it so they couldn``t give it out. It was just frustrating with Straussy being the honest, upstanding citizen that he is. He wouldn``t lie about something like that,” a daily quoted Anderson, as saying.

“You can`t tell without the replay, so you have to take Straussy`s word on it and the other slip and wicket-keeper thought he`d taken it too. Add the heat into it and it was a lesson for us that situations like that are going to be hard to deal with and we have to deal with them well,” he said.

“You`re working very hard to take wickets and seamers aren`t going to bowl a huge amount of overs in a spell so when you get someone out it is frustrating to have it taken away. But it is a good lesson for us because we will have to deal with it in the Test matches,” he added.