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Exciting times for Anderson

England pace bowler James Anderson is thrilled at the prospect of helping the squad's new players maximise their potential.

Anderson is the lynchpin in England's pace attack taking on Sri Lanka in their third one-dayer on Wednesday, bowling alongside Chris Jordan and Harry Gurney as a new era for the team takes shape under the captaincy of Alastair Cook and coach Peter Moores.

England suffered an embarrassing blip on Sunday, in a near record 157-run defeat against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street but Anderson and his new pace-bowling colleagues performed well enough to restrict the tourists to 256 for eight.

"Certainly from a bowling unit point of view there's some new guys there that I'm getting used to playing with and talking to," Anderson said.

"They've got fresh ideas and things that, I hope, could help me as well as me helping them. It's an exciting time."

Anderson is confident England will put their poor Chester-le-Street performance behind them in Wednesday's third ODI international at the Emirates Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports 2.

England are hoping to re-establish momentum with the Royal London series tied at 1-1.

"We didn't play well, but there's a real strong feeling that we can be successful as a team," added Anderson.

"That's what we've worked on the last couple of days, playing to our strengths and being positive about our cricket - because maybe that's something we didn't do the other day.

"We were a little bit tentative and we can go out and be very, very positive.

"Obviously we're very disappointed with an extremely lacklustre performance from us. Especially after the first game, we thought we'd played well at The Oval, then going to Durham we were quite positive and it was an extremely poor performance.

"We've got three games left in the series to try and show people that that was a blip, and hopefully that's what it will be.

"We knew Sri Lanka were going to come back hard at us and they did that, and I think it's going to make for a really good series."

Watch England v Sri Lanka in the 3rd ODI at Old Trafford, live on Sky 2 from 1.30