Anderson targets Ashes glory
James Anderson told Sky Sports News HD he believes England have a great chance to retain the Ashes in Australia.
Last Updated: 23/09/10 5:37pm
James Anderson believes England have named a squad capable of claiming a rare Ashes win Down Under this winter.
Surrey paceman Chris Tremlett and Sussex spinner Monty Panesar have been included in an otherwise settled 16-man squad.
Lancashire seamer Anderson was part of the side whitewashed Down Under in 2006-07, but thinks England's excellent recent form means they can travel with genuine hope of a first Test series win on Australian soil since 1987.
"It's a completely different team to the one that went down there (in 2007)," he said on Sky Sports News HD.
"We have a few guys who had that experience and hopefully we can use that to our advantage, but we won't try to dwell on it too much.
"I'm not sure we will go down there as favourites.
"It's been a while since we have won there and the last time (we toured there) wasn't great for us.
"But we have the best chance we have had in a number of years. The squad is fantastic and the form we have been in means we have a chance to be successful down there.
"I think I am a completely different player (from 2007). I am improving with every series I play and hopefully I can continue to improve in the Ashes and show people what I can do."
Anderson was also glad to see Panesar, with whom he shared a nerve-shredding last-wicket stand at Cardiff to secure a draw in the opening Test of the 2009 series, return to the squad.
"It's fantastic for Monty and the team," he added. "Having someone with his experience, and if he can regain the form he had when he started off for England he could be a massive asset."
Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan will be embarking on his first Ashes tour after beating county team-mate Ajmal Shahzad, who was named in the performance squad, to a place in the touring party.
And the 25-year-old is relishing the chance to test his mettle against England's old foes.
"It's an unbelievable feeling. I feel elated and proud to be touring Australia, everyone knows it's a massive tour and it's the focal point of the sport," said Bresnan.
"I was semi-confident (I would be picked). I have had a decent summer. I have been in and out of the Test team but my one-day performances have been good, but you never know until you get the call.
"Whenever you play in an Ashes it is massive and I can't wait to be given that chance."
Bresnan also revealed he will have some words of consolation for Shahzad.
He said: "I will give him a call later. He is a great bloke and I am sure he will wish me well. We are good friends. I am disappointed for him but I am sure he will be pleased for me."