Jimmy Anderson hopes to inspire England with return

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A refreshed Jimmy Anderson is hoping to inspire a change in England's faltering fortunes after rejoining the squad this week.

Anderson was allowed to return home immediately after the Ashes victory to rest after being the only seamer to play in all five Tests.



However, in his absence England have won just once against Australia, a last-ball victory in the Twenty20 in Adelaide, before losing their last four matches.



That run saw the Twenty20 series levelled before falling 3-0 behind in the current seven-game one-day international series.



Anderson is set to return in Wednesday's match in Adelaide and is looking to make an immediate impact in a game England cannot afford to lose.



"It was great to go home and see my family. It was also nice to get a break and rest the body and the mind," he said.



"I needed it, my body certainly needed it after the Test series. I'm excited about playing again and looking forward to Wednesday.



"Hopefully I can bring a bit of experience and a bit of energy in the field. I'd like to think I bring some energy with both my bowling and fielding.



"I don't think we are that far away having seen the first three games. We aren't far away from a win and turning the momentum around."



Despite his team-mates' poor results in the one-day series so far, Anderson, who rejoined the squad in Sydney on Saturday, believes morale is just as high as it was during their historic Ashes success.



"I know we are 3-0 down but the dressing room seems just as positive as when I left," he added.



"They are still in good spirits. We know we are just one game away from turning the momentum around. We are looking to Wednesday to be a good all-round performance with both bat and ball."



The Adelaide Oval was the first winning stop on England's route to the Ashes, when they won by an innings and 71 runs.



Anderson took six wickets in the match and, with the game being staged on Australia Day, is hoping to keep his memories of the picturesque ground untarnished.



"I have nice memories from the Test here, but Wednesday is a completely different situation," he said. We're 3-0 down and we have a must-win one-day game.



"We're hoping for more good memories here."



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