England news May 23, 2017

Anderson in race to be fit for South Africa Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

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James Anderson faces a race to be fit for the opening Test against South Africa after scans confirmed he had suffered a tear to his right groin.

He will certainly miss Lancashire's next Championship match, the return Roses fixture against Yorkshire, which begins on June 2 but he will undergo further assessment by the ECB medical team to determine the full extent of the injury.

The first Test against South Africa begins at Lord's on July 6 and is part of a concentrated period of Test action in which England will play seven Tests by early September. Lancashire play three further Championship matches in June after the Yorkshire match which could give Anderson a chance to prove his fitness although the timescale is tight.

He pulled up during his sixth over on the opening day against Yorkshire at Old Trafford and did not bowl again in the match, although he did appear with a runner at the end of Lancashire's first innings.

This is the latest in a run of injuries for Anderson. He has missed four of England's last 10 Test matches due to a shoulder injury he picked up last summer. It ruled him out of the Bangladesh tour and flared up again in India.

Prior to that, Anderson suffered a calf injury early in the 2015-16 tour of South Africa, missing the first Test in Durban, which came on the back of a side strain sustained during the 2015 Ashes.

Before then, Anderson had only missed one Test through injury - against Sri Lanka, at Lord's, in 2011 - since his recall to the side in 2008.

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  • nethun6224372 on May 24, 2017, 7:09 GMT

    anderson has a had a wonderful career and is undoubtedly a legend but should retire soon

  • Ghalib Badar on May 24, 2017, 3:34 GMT

    If anyone remember this is the same story before every Test series England played against Pakistan in UAE under Strauss. First article for England series we read is Anderson is doubtful and what we see is he play the first match... Don't know if it is a tactic or coincidence!

  • Jose on May 24, 2017, 2:16 GMT

    Some of the veterans, who served their countries' teams, with distinction, are inspirational, in addition to being huge reservoirs of the kind of knowledge & skills which aren't available in the hands of some of the 'text-bookish' professional coaches.

    India missed a huge opportunity, in not tapping Zak in time, before he metamorphosed into a budding entrepreneur. Hope, England don't miss the chance of tapping Jimmy, just in time. I feel, this is just the time to make a move, before it becomes too late in the day.

    Let him do the mentoring job, while letting the younger ones roll their arms over.

  • John on May 23, 2017, 23:34 GMT

    He'll be 35 during the SA test series. These days that's old for a seam bowler. He's been a great servant for England, but with Stokes, Woakes and Broad as established bowlers and Wood, Ball and Finn pressing for places it's hard to see where he would fit in the side even in England. I can't see him going on the Ashes tour.

  • stuart on May 23, 2017, 21:32 GMT

    Lots of chippy Aussie fans. Anderson has had success in aus and england. He has been a very skilful bowler and if this disturbed he has served England well. Let's hope he shares his skills with the next generation. There is some good young talent. Might be be Time for the Surrey and Somerset twins to come to the fore

  • Brishni on May 23, 2017, 21:24 GMT

    Sadly Anderson's record In Australia is poor. He struggled and was ineffective in India & Bangladesh.

    If fitness is a concern that rules him out of the Ashes, then it's better to try a different attack to allow them time to settle down prior to the Ashes. We can't carry an ageing warhorse waiting to be flogged in the heat later in the year.

  • Sam Carr on May 23, 2017, 20:43 GMT

    Probably time to call it a day and get the attack right for the winter. He's never been particularly effective in Australia anyway. Broad, Woakes, Stokes and Wood for me.

  • Ian on May 23, 2017, 17:34 GMT

    Anderson is still important to England's Test side, especially when they're at home. However, the injuries are hitting with an increasingly alarming frequency and, if they want to keep him going, they might need to be consider rotating him during a Test series. We've got Wood, who is equally delicate. Might it not be an idea to use them to rest each other?

  • Clifford on May 23, 2017, 17:34 GMT

    Stick a fork in him; he's done. 122 Tests is a fine career. England's rode him for a long time and he's been on a downward slide for a few years now.

  • sam on May 23, 2017, 17:29 GMT

    If Australia field full strength team in Ashes then Anderson will average 50+ with ball.

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