It seems like England set to get the services of their veteran fast bowler James Anderson for a longer duration than what was expected. Following his injury in the recent Ashes series, it was expected that retirement or sabbatical leave is on the cards, however, Anderson wants to continue and get back into the team by recovering completely in a quick time.
Anderson bowled only four overs on day one of the first Ashes Test before being sent to the hospital for scans. He reported “tightness” in the same right calf that was torn while playing for Lancashire at the end of June, which forced him to miss a month of cricket. And, more importantly, he couldn’t take part in the Ashes series, when Stuart Broad ruled the roost.
James Anderson is hoping to use world-class services:
Now, the England pacer James Anderson is all set to train at Manchester City in a bid to recover from the calf injury he picked up during the first Test of Ashes series. The pacer will be swapping Old Trafford for the Etihad Stadium (home ground of Manchester City), ESPN Cricinfo reported.
City have agreed that Anderson can train on the Etihad campus, BBC reported. The arrangement will see Anderson train at City for the next two months. He will be accompanied by England’s head of strength and conditioning, Rob Ahmun.
The 37-year-old, who is England’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket not only missed Ashes series but also ruled out of England’s upcoming two-Test series in New Zealand. The same calf injury is troubling again and again for the lethal swing master.
“(Anderson) will be hoping to use the world-class facilities at the Etihad Campus. Along with the England Cricket sports science team over the next two months leading into the South Africa tour which starts in December,” an ECB spokesman told Reuters.
England plays New Zealand in two tests in November and December. Mostly, James Anderson will stay away from the series. However, he is eyeing to be fit for the series when they travel to South Africa for the 4-match Test series.