Anderson vows to quit boozing until end of Lanka series

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 25, 2012 09:29 hrs

England fast bowler James Anderson has said he won't consume alcohol until the end of the Test series against Sri Lanka, and he also expects most of his England colleagues, if not all of them, to do the same.

Anderson is wary of the incapacitating and potentially perilous effects of dehydration, and therefore, has decided to stay clear of alcohol until the end of the Test series, on April 7.

"You cannot overstate the importance of being properly hydrated in these conditions. There are not too many big drinkers in this team, so it's not a massive issue for us, but the lads just don't want to do anything that could detract from our performance or could possibly cause us issues on the field," The Daily Mail quoted Anderson, as saying.

"So far on this tour, if we've had a beer a few days out of game then it's been literally two or three. But with the games so close together I won't have a drink now until the end of the second Test. I don't think I'll be the only one ... we have a job to do out here," he added.

Anderson and his bowling compatriots are taking seriously the issues of keeping outwardly cool, and inwardly hydrated in conditions, which one of the former England coach once described as 'very nearly too hot for Europeans to be playing cricket in'.

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