The Ashes 2010-11 October 15, 2010

Anderson injured at England's boot camp

ESPNcricinfo staff

James Anderson, the England fast bowler, is suffering from a cracked rib, an injury he sustained during the team's recent preparation camp in Germany, but the ECB expects that he will be fit for the first Ashes Test beginning in Brisbane on November 25.

"Anderson is continuing his training programme ahead of the Ashes tour and will fly out to Australia with England's Test squad on October 29," the ECB said. "It is anticipated that he will be fit and available for selection for the first Test match against Australia in Brisbane."

The England squad took part in a five-day bonding camp in Germany following the conclusion of the ODI series against Pakistan and some of the drills included boxing sessions between team-mates and abseiling. Anderson suffered a heavy blow to the ribs during one of the sessions and sustained a fracture.

The Germany trip was criticised by many, who felt the players needed a rest after a draining summer but the England management insisted the trip should go ahead.

Anderson was England's leading wicket-taker in the Test series against Pakistan with 23 wickets at 13.73 from the four matches. He impressed with a new-found control and had appeared to make genuine progress under England's new bowling coach David Saker.

England's fast-bowling replacement options for the Ashes are Ajmal Shahzad and Chris Tremlett. Shahzad was left out of the original squad but was due to travel with the England team as an additional player for their three warm-up games ahead of the first Test. Tremlett, who is in the squad, last played for England in 2007 but his tall hit-the-pitch approach may be deemed too similar to Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, who are the other likely starters.

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  • Wolver on October 20, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    @pom_basher - Sorry I misunderstood what you were saying. You may have a point about a seperate page although articles on the minnows do get moved aside quite quickly anyway. Am looking forward to the ashes and SA india.

  • Tushar on October 19, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    @Wolver - of course Ashes is a very big event, thats why i suggest that you have a separate website for Ashes news, so that the pointless Bangla-NZ and SAF-ZIM series dont create nuisance.

  • Steve on October 19, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Buchanan wasn't behind this "boot camp", was he? If so, he took the Aus team on one a few years ago and Stu MacGill got injured doing some pointless team bonding session climbing a mountain or something.

    As for Anderson being injured, England supporters can only hope it stops him getting on the plane as he will be a waste of space if he tours.

  • vivek on October 19, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    boxing,.. hmm.....why not street fighting..?

  • Agus on October 18, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Another flash news "Billy Doctrove" and "Ian Gould" also preparing for the Ashes series lol

  • Wolver on October 18, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    pom_basher - The ashes is a big event and some of us actually want to see stories on the build up. (Am not an Aus or Eng) This is of more interest than another article on Sachin followed by Indian supporters delusionally claiming him as the best cricketer ever. The Ashes is always going to be the biggest test series and while Eng and Aus are ranked 4 and 5, they are both good enough to beat any other team (at home at least), especially India who are ranked number one. Is going to be a great series.

  • Wolver on October 18, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    The series should be close and Swann will be key and it is fortunate he is not the one who got injured. Over confident English fans should not under estimate the Aus batting, which is man for man much stonger than England. England pace attack is also very average, even with Anderson. It took Dale Steyn, the best bowler in the world, to bring Aus down in their only home series defeat for nearly two decades. Of couse SA never had Swann and I think either Swann or Aus batting will be the ultimate difference in the ashes.

  • Runster on October 17, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    Wat a pathetic way to get a broken rib; a cricketer breaks his rib when boxing... dont they have any regulations in their fitness drills so nobody gets injured while exercising.

  • Andy on October 16, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Speaking personally, I'd rather watch an exciting encounter between Australia (4) and England (5) than a tedious 600 plays 700 run fest between India (1) and Sri Lanka (3).

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Another crucial injury due to another spurious bonding drill. Does anyone actually bother to consider the injury prospects before flogging key players? We all know the story of how Stuart McGill got injured during one of John Buchanan's boot camps prior to the 2006-07 Ashes.....

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