“So I think what the ECB does is make sure that we really, really tick all the boxes we can to make sure that the safety of players and staff is paramount and that everything is in the right place , so if and when you join us as a team before we start playing, we are as safe as possible. “
Adapting to new conditions
Like all other sports, cricket will have to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.
One of Anderson’s key skills, swinging the ball (moving it through the air from side to side), depends in part on the ability of him and his colleagues to make the ball shine using their sweat or their saliva.
And Anderson is “99% convinced” that players will not be able to use saliva to make the ball shine when they return to training, which is what the 37-year-old and his fellow players will have to do. adapt.
“It’s a huge thing for me because for the ball to swing, you have to be able to polish the ball and fix it when there are scratches,” said Anderson, who also said he didn’t know not if he was “going”. to move on to the next Ashes “series in 2021.
Sports that are coming back now, like German Bundesliga football, do it without fans.
And with fans who are unlikely to be able to attend cricket games this summer, Anderson believes he and his teammates will need to “lean on each other” to motivate themselves for the games.
“We are lucky (in England) that most of the test matches are full, certainly the first few days, we have a lot of people, so motivating yourself is not a problem,” he said.
“You come out right in front of a packed house and it’s pretty easy to get up for a game. I think we will have to lean on each other as players if there is no crowd there, no atmosphere, we hear the sound of leather on the willow which resounds around the ground rather than under applause. “