|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
January 25, 2007
Anderson went for an MRI scan before England's 90-run defeat against New Zealand at Adelaide - where his figures were a respectable 2 for 47 - and the check-up gave him the all clear.
However, it is less than a year ago that he returned from the tour of India with back pain and was promptly ruled out for most of last season with a stress fracture. He was forced to spend six weeks in a back brace.
Anderson has been quick to play down concerns over his fitness, saying it comes with the territory as a fast bowler. "I've had a bit of stiffness but you are always going to get that stiffness coming back from an injury."
"You always get a stiff back as a bowler. I've no worries at all about my fitness. There is a difference between having a stiff back and the sort of pain I was getting when I had the stress fracture.
Although it is his one-day form which is providing a timely boost to Anderson, and also produced his finest hour during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, he is determined not to be pigeon-holed.
"I would be quite happy if I had the World Cup I had last time as a bowler, but I'd like us to get a bit further in the competition. That's what matters. The white ball swings a lot more for me, so I enjoy that, but don't call me a white ball specialist."
England's next CB Series outing is against Australia, at Adelaide, on Friday.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Ishant Sharma has often been the butt of jokes, and sometimes deservedly so. Today, however, the joke was on England
The leave outside off stump has been critical to M Vijay's success since his India comeback last year. Contrary to popular opinion, such patience and self-denial comes naturally to him
They have to see a glass that is half-full, and play the game as if it is just that, a game; and an opportunity
In India's win at Lord's, Ishant Sharma took the best bowling figures by an Indian in the fourth innings of a Test outside Asia. Here are five other best bowling efforts by Indians in the fourth innings of Tests outside Asia
Alastair Cook has got used to feeling of the axe hanging over him. Only his team-mates can save England now
India's wretched run away from home began at Lord's in 2011. A young team full of self-belief may have brought it to an end with their victory at the same venue three years later
What's wrong with their cricket? Well, what isn't?