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Anderson to right the wrongs

James Anderson may soon have more records in his sights, but he will start that process by trying to set another one straight in New Zealand.

It was here in England's one-day international series five years ago, before his successful return to the Test team in Wellington, that Anderson endured one of his most chastening experiences.

In Hamilton on Sunday, the fast bowler took his 529th international wicket to usurp the great Ian Botham at the top of England's all-time list.

But back in 2008, he could muster just four of those wickets in 37 overs at a cost of 270 runs and spread across five matches.

As he prepared for tomorrow's second match of the current series in Napier, Anderson acknowledged he and England left themselves something to work on in their last ODI visit.

It was at McLean Park, in fact, that England shared the honours in a tied match after 680 runs had been scored in the day.

Only there, and in Auckland, did the tourists avoid defeat in a 3-1 reverse.

They will need to do likewise this time too, in the final two instalments of this three-match series after losing the first in Hamilton, if they are to prevent a fourth successive ODI series defeat in New Zealand.

Anderson was part of only the most recent one, but remembers it well enough to be determined to put things right.

"It didn't go well, and we've got a few guys here who were in that team.

"But our goal is pretty clear now. We've got to win these two games if we want to take the series, so we've got to improve from the last game."

Brendon McCullum and a limping Martin Guptill led the Kiwis to victory two days ago, by three wickets and with seven balls to spare.

Anderson said: "Obviously there are things we need to work on.

"I thought we bowled well up front but were then probably a little bit rusty when it came down to the later overs towards the end.

"So that's something we're trying to brush up on."

He is among three players who had previously not been in action since December, after a mid-winter break in this highest-profile of years for England - while captain Alastair Cook and his opening partner Ian Bell were unselected for the recent Twenty20 series here.

"It's tricky not having that match practice before a series," Anderson added.

"But we have to cope with that these days.

"It's a tough task playing against New Zealand here. I know that from last time.

"Then that first game showed it again."