Cricket - Anderson: Ashes were draining

James Anderson may not welcome his prescribed rest period during the upcoming one-day internationals, but the England seamer admits he needs time to ease the "aches and pains" of a physically, and emotionally, demanding Ashes campaign.

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Cricket - Anderson: Ashes were draining

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James Anderson played a major part in England's Ashes success

Anderson was last week given the remainder of the summer off after the England selectors announced that they would rest the core of their Ashes winners.

With the return series Down Under this winter firmly in mind, England will go into Tuesday's one-off match against Ireland, and five-game Australia series, without regular openers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell as well as first-choice bowlers Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.

That has been criticised for short-changing fans and while Anderson would also rather play, the 31-year-old knows he needs some down time.

"An Ashes series is emotionally and physically draining - you do feel it," he told Press Association Sport.

"There are not many five-Test series any more and with a couple of back-to-back Tests in there as well you feel the aches and pains and it takes a lot out of you emotionally.

"It gets to a point where you just want to let things soak in, take everything in and have a rest.

"Cricketers don't like missing cricket no matter what form of the game - it is quite frustrating to miss cricket.

"But there is a window here for the guys that have been left out to get a good rest and prepare for a tough winter."

Anderson believes Tim Bresnan's back injury, which forced the Yorkshireman out of the final Test at the Kia Oval, meant it was common sense to wrap the bowlers up in cotton wool.

"We've got a huge winter ahead of us," he said.

"I'm sure the selectors considered all there options with Tim Bresnan being injured we can't really afford any more of our seamers getting hurt.

"I think that is why Stuart and I have been rested. Graeme Swann has obviously bowled a lot of overs this summer and with his recent injury problems with his elbow I think it is probably right to give him a rest.

"The way it is right now that is in our best interests."

Anderson's time off has also involved bowling at members of the public, with Anderson delivering six balls at the winner of Strongbow's Earn It campaign at the weekend.

"They had thousands of entries and after being reduced to eight people I will bowl at the winner," he said just before delivering the over.

"It is a good little promotion. I think I'll see how they handle themselves from the first few balls before deciding how quick I bowl.

"It's been good to relax with my family and things like this after a hectic six weeks."

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