The Ashes 2010-11 October 15, 2010

Anderson injured at England's boot camp

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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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  • Proteas123 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.

  • pom_basher 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.

  • Itchy 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.

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

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

  • Agus2010 on October 18, 2010, 19:34 GMT

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

  • Proteas123 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.

  • Proteas123 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.

  • Runster1 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.

  • 90AJ 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).

  • 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.....

  • Proteas123 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.

  • pom_basher 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.

  • Itchy 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.

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

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

  • Agus2010 on October 18, 2010, 19:34 GMT

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

  • Proteas123 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.

  • Proteas123 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.

  • Runster1 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.

  • 90AJ 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).

  • 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.....

  • arnavred on October 16, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    I dont know how two teams prepare for world cup but England rather than australia always finds an excuse of worst performance in WC matches is by saying about their Ashes prep.Come on guys....

  • on October 16, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    I doubt anyone from England or Australia cares about the rankings. A rivalry is a rivalry. Would Pakistan and India fans care less about their rivalry if they were ranked 4th and 5th?

    And it was Tremlett who broke Jimmy's rib.

  • crooked_hyeena on October 16, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    why should england worry they have whole pool of commonwealth players to choose the team...... Hope graham swann is not boxing else what will england do without him

  • on October 16, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    This Ashes will not have any fire! only Ashes... as both the team are no longer world leaders. Series between fourth and Fifth rank to become Fourth! just like Zimbabwe playing with Bangladesh for pride...

  • DEDKIK on October 16, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    Bobmartin, remember that Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe matches too can be thrilling-they have been described as "Battle for the Wooden Spoon"

  • bobmartin on October 16, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    It may well be THE ASHES... but in all the hype that is bound to be flowing from both the Aussie and British media... let's not forget that it's the fourth-ranked team in the world playing the fifth. They're hardly world beaters are they ?

  • danifilth on October 16, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    oh snap wait was that his rib? regardless of condition england gonna win the ashes this year and aussie can do whet they do every time they lose at anything and cry and make stupid excuses im really looking forward to that little face ponting makes when he looses you know that one where he screwed it up and looks like hes gonna cry very entertaining stuff

  • BlueyCollar on October 16, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    Would love to know who gave him a touch up. I hope it was a batsman that landed the blow. Payback. He may recover from the rib but how will the ribbing from the Aussies affect him. Englishmen need to be carefull about thir ribcages, just the smallest of gaps and their hearts may fall out as they are traditionally very small. Bring on Brisbane. PS - Does anyone know how the Poms and Aussies fared in the gold medal race at the Commonwealth games.

  • balajik1968 on October 16, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    I think the Ashes will be pretty much even. For all the hype, England have a lot of imponderables. Australia's experience in India would have primed them for this series. But the India series has also thrown up a lot of questions. Personally, as an Indian I was looking forward to a tough final day in Bangalore. Watching the ease with which India chased down a potentially tricky total made me wonder. However, remember one thing. Australia have lost only 2 series at home since 1990.Australia seems to have their backs to the wall. This series could well see something special from them.

  • on October 15, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    I think this is just a smoke screen to keep the aussies complacent.

  • 2929paul on October 15, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Brilliant. Even if he is fit for the 1st test, he'll be in the traditional England condition of 'undercooked'. Or England can play Tremlett or Bresnan and have three 'bang it in' bowlers of little or no finesse in their line up. Rib injuries as bad as any that a fast bowler can have. They always take longer than you think before you're back to full fitness.

  • on October 15, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    I'm reminded of Mcgrath turning his ankle and missing a Test in 2005 after a team warm-up with a rugby ball...

  • sudigaali on October 15, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Maybe Anderson thought Boxing Day Test is about boxing.

  • Chapelau on October 15, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Pom basher from a pom - you are dead right mate .... lets put cricket stories up front and stop the side shows !

  • sbansban on October 15, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    Why is everybody puzzled about boxing, deep-sea diving and other assorted cross training routines to prepare for test matches? Don't you know how Muhammad Ali used to practice ducking to Wes Hall's bouncers on a matting wicket in Central Park before his title bouts and that Jacques Cousteau used to don wicketkeeper's gloves to practice diving behind the stumps before he went under water?

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 15, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    it just had to happen.In lieu of rest and recreation when anyone in their right minds would send the team off on individual holidays they had to do this....and the result is all too predictable. If they had not had cricket for a while or spent massive amounts of time together it might have been understanding, or if they had gone off on a drinking extravaganza. Honestly if they had not bponded by the end of the season superglue might have worked better. Or dropping them off at the North Pole without a compass.

  • kriskingle on October 15, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Agree with most of the comments....Cricinfo, and in general the sporting media, think anything Shes related is so newsworthy...as an aside, it is not going to be so easy for the Poms as most people(read David Lloyd) seem to think..the Aussies are coming back from a hard series, which they lost, and are smarting.They will be looking to lash out at someone, and England, at home, will be a soft, easy target. They would have been in any case, without incidents to hand them more ammo on the field, and more targets to aim at.

  • on October 15, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Thank God the umpires are not injured. They are the most important players of the English team.

  • dksimple on October 15, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Nothing jubilant happen in these ashes series .The drama created by media. Can they Created a memorable match's with their performance like India & Australian in mohali .

  • Beertjie on October 15, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    @pom_basher, I couldn't agree more with you. The cricinfo staff's perspective on newsworthiness is sooo distorted!

  • Trickstar on October 15, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    After there 2-0 drubbing to India,Australia need all the good news they can get.Makes a change,it's usually a Ozzie bowler that's broken down, but hey there's still time for that.

  • SettingSun on October 15, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    @Aussasinator - well, being an Aussie yourself, you obviously have plenty of recent experience of being a loser, so we should take your opinion as gospel.

  • --.-- on October 15, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Well, doesn't matter much. Even a half fit Anderson is enough for Australian batting line-up. Ohh I forgot England have a player who is famous for picking wickets in his very first over. So who needs Anderson ? Swann is enough ! Ashes Question of the Day: How many hat-tricks will Greame Swann take ? Post your answers, mates. :)

  • on October 15, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    The glorious beginnings's of the J.Buchannan's consultancy era. Warne doesn't like this guy for a reason! The Aussies called him a traitor and double agent. The question is to whom? Hilarious! :D

  • on October 15, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    What !!!!??? A boxing match !!???? football,boxing .....whats next??

  • pom_basher on October 15, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    @anoopsy Please do not blame IPL, CL or BCCI for every tragedy on the earth. And if you are joking, you should be more sensitive about this catastrophic event. An English player is injured, question marks are being raised about the Aussie captain. This is like the world cricket is in ICU. We dont want any rumours now.

  • Tigg on October 15, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Oh for goodness sake...

    Who thought a contact sport would be good for them?

  • jacquesuse on October 15, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Breaking News...Andrew Strauss doubtful for Ashes series following character-building freefall parachute session with no parachute (government budget cuts hit ECB). Swann ruled out of series after bonding session with 40 stone German gorilla gets a tad rough. Bayonet practice leaves Broad a non-starter. Bell to make full recovery by 2015 after 'freak' accident while defusing WWII mine.

    Way to go England's backoffice.

  • pom_basher on October 15, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Well, Saffas are playing their neighbours in an international ODI, Bangladeshis have just achieved a historic ODI series win; and what are cricinfo top stories? Anderson's injury and Ponting's captaincy? Why cannot we have a special Ashes version of cricinfo and one for rest of the world? Or is it only me????

  • Aussasinator on October 15, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Anderson is a loser by nature, he's scared of the Aussies. Outside Australia he's a toy. Good for England if he cant make it to the Ashes.

  • New_Wind on October 15, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    @ Ramanujam Sridhar, what happened to Stuart McGill ? I didn't know he retired due to injury. I am big fan of his bowling which was unfortunately pitted against a legend.

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 15, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Hahaha.................Its so funny.This can can happen only with england....

  • TimmyF_23 on October 15, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    And so the injury dramas begin for England before another ashes tour of Australia. Each and every time i sit back (preferably in my lazy boy recliner sipping on red wine) belowing out large fits of laughter, and ponder who will be hurt next and more entertainingly, how? I propose a TV show, "3 months with the worlds dumbest and clumsiest crickets". The show should start and end with Monty Panesar's fielding efforts to set the scene! Followed by various day to day antics. This is going to be one entertaining summer, i havent even started on how miserable their cricketing displays will be!

  • anoopsy on October 15, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    Let us blame the IPL and Champions League for this earth shattering tragedy!

  • on October 15, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    The legacy of John Buchanan adds another chapter. Bad luck Jimmy.

  • on October 15, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    hmmm, are we on to the excuse list this early? :D

  • on October 15, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    haha.. i thot this was sum page 2 article with the picture and all.. how do the english manage to do this.. reminds me of alan mullaly's sneeze that broke a rib.. very convenient for anderson who "would have" otherwise demolished australia..

  • JustLoveCricket on October 15, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    They might have taken the Boxing Day test match little more seriously.

  • chad_reid on October 15, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    MUST HAVE BEEN SOME PUNCH

  • muzmeister on October 15, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    I am an English born Aussie who supports England before Australia. I APPLAUD Andy Flower, his staff and the ECB for organising this boot camp. The Ashes is a 5 test series that will test the boys in all manner of ways. Comraderie, mental and physical toughness are but a few traits our boys will need. That is why they organised the boot camp and just one of the reasons why England will win. I can't remember when I was more confident of an Ashes victory in Australia. Bring it on!

  • JustLoveCricket on October 15, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    I think they took the boxing day match little too seriously.

  • itismenithin on October 15, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    This is ridiculous. You don't require boot camps for team bonding. This is such a waste of effort,tme and money. ECB just blindly copies Buchanan's methods.

  • on October 15, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    if this is preparation for the ashes then i guess the BRIT's would feature in SMACK DOWN for world cup 2011 preparation why don't they go on vacations and give rest to their bodies so that they could come fresh before a gruelling series instead

  • on October 15, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Atleast.. the incident has happened a month back and hopefully he has time to recover....but wat madness is this............Poms have learnt to play proper cricket since past 2 years...why are the players searching for alternative sporting careers.....

  • usman_nile1994 on October 15, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Its good for England. It would be a bad news if the ashes was in england but in Australian pitches where Anderson bowls like patr-timers it is actually good for England as noone could worse than him on these pitches.

  • on October 15, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Canizares the goalkeeper dropping shaving foam bottle on the foot and chip is the only story that beats this, dear oh dear.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on October 15, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    HAHAHAHA!!! As much as I like Anderson's bowling and would have loved to see him bowl on Australian wickets, this is really hilarious. Forget the poor attempts at humour on Page-2, Cricinfo should start a "England's Tales Before An Ashes Series In Australia" page. It would be laugh-a-minute entertainment.

  • on October 15, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    It has John Buchanan Written all over it!!!

  • _csb on October 15, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Climb mount everest for bonding next time.

  • on October 15, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Lol.. we were all joking that Buchanan serving as a consultant to the English team will ultimately help the Aussies.. it's coming true now..

  • NanoTechnology on October 15, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Excellent! No better way to help your important and sometimes fragile swing bowler prepare of the series of his life than by getting his team mates to punch him in the ribs. The ECB needed to keep it quiet for a while to think of how to explain because the press are going to get their roasting trays out.

  • TheDoctor394 on October 15, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    During the recent football finals here in Australia, I once head a bit of the news which said "such and such team has got through their training without any injuries", and I remember thinking what is it about training sessions today, when not getting injured at them is a news report?? I really think this stuff about today's athletes being more fit and healthy than ones from decades ago is rot.

  • chad_reid on October 15, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    well done ECB VERY NICE WORK

  • on October 15, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    There's still no way England will win down under. None of their batsman will handle the bonce and pace of Johnson or Bollinger.

  • Benj500 on October 15, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Boxing?! Don't the England management remember what happened last time an Ashes team's number one bowler got injured playing a stupid warm up game? This is ridiculous, lets box each other so we can beat ourselves black and blue before we've even started a warm up game.

    Tremlett odds on favourite to have dealt the blow?

  • Chapelau on October 15, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Boxing and abseiling at a cricket training camp? Who is the bright spark who came up with that? Maybe it was Ricky Ponting Consultants inc? I hope that whoever came up with the idea is sacked!

  • RAVI_BOPARA on October 15, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    OH DEAR, THIS HAPPENED ABOUT A MONTH AGO AND ONLY NOW THE NEWS HAS HAPPEARED!! NEVERTHELESS, ENGLAND WILL STILL WIN THE ASHES DOWN UNDER WITH OUR WITHOUT ANDERSON!!!

  • on October 15, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    This is the same madness that created a problem for Stuart McGill and eventually led to his retirment. Warne was extremely critical of this . I wonder if Buchanana has had anything to do with this. This is straight out of his book. New fangled management theories have limited place in cricket, thrown with physical hazards! the worst of both worlds if you ask me. This is actually a serious blow for England for Anderson was in great form and has been part of wiinning English teams. I think England have started out on the wrong foot and must be hoping that he will recover quicker than the initial reports suggest. The fitter team will win as the teams are evenly matched and they are playing in Australia sridhar

  • mitgop11 on October 15, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    I wonder which team mate broke his ribs!! perhaps he should have been sent to Delhi for the Common wealth games!!!

  • SettingSun on October 15, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Excellent! Next time I suggest that the England management, as preparation for a major series, should maybe take the players on a trek up the north face of the Eiger? Or how about a deep sea expedition to try and raise the Titanic perhaps? The idiocy of the ECB and its management knows no bounds.

  • TATTUs on October 15, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    as usual a pressure series and england find ways and excuses other than actual cricket to lose...

    5-0 it was leak of strategies...and many other things...loss to India it was because they sledged zaheer!

    This one goes a step further...

  • on October 15, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    hahahhahahahaha !!! and i thought only PCB was funny....lets see how others perform after this "Boot Camp"....my favourite : Australia...

  • jaysam68 on October 15, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    Come on England we know its Ashes but its still only a cricket series. Aussies are not gonna have their boxing gloves on.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 15, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Boxing? Seriously, boxing! Good warm up for people who don't want to get injured!

  • jaysam68 on October 15, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    This is the funniest thing England could do.. Why should cricketers practice Boxing.. Good they don't have Karate or Wrestling camp... Is this the new way England have found to consider cricket for Olympics.... Hahaha

  • rohanahuja on October 15, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    grt!german camp bad! shouldnt have gone

  • arvi19 on October 15, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    O my god. this is the last thing England wanted. Hope recovers well in time

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  • arvi19 on October 15, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    O my god. this is the last thing England wanted. Hope recovers well in time

  • rohanahuja on October 15, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    grt!german camp bad! shouldnt have gone

  • jaysam68 on October 15, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    This is the funniest thing England could do.. Why should cricketers practice Boxing.. Good they don't have Karate or Wrestling camp... Is this the new way England have found to consider cricket for Olympics.... Hahaha

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 15, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Boxing? Seriously, boxing! Good warm up for people who don't want to get injured!

  • jaysam68 on October 15, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    Come on England we know its Ashes but its still only a cricket series. Aussies are not gonna have their boxing gloves on.

  • on October 15, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    hahahhahahahaha !!! and i thought only PCB was funny....lets see how others perform after this "Boot Camp"....my favourite : Australia...

  • TATTUs on October 15, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    as usual a pressure series and england find ways and excuses other than actual cricket to lose...

    5-0 it was leak of strategies...and many other things...loss to India it was because they sledged zaheer!

    This one goes a step further...

  • SettingSun on October 15, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Excellent! Next time I suggest that the England management, as preparation for a major series, should maybe take the players on a trek up the north face of the Eiger? Or how about a deep sea expedition to try and raise the Titanic perhaps? The idiocy of the ECB and its management knows no bounds.

  • mitgop11 on October 15, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    I wonder which team mate broke his ribs!! perhaps he should have been sent to Delhi for the Common wealth games!!!

  • on October 15, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    This is the same madness that created a problem for Stuart McGill and eventually led to his retirment. Warne was extremely critical of this . I wonder if Buchanana has had anything to do with this. This is straight out of his book. New fangled management theories have limited place in cricket, thrown with physical hazards! the worst of both worlds if you ask me. This is actually a serious blow for England for Anderson was in great form and has been part of wiinning English teams. I think England have started out on the wrong foot and must be hoping that he will recover quicker than the initial reports suggest. The fitter team will win as the teams are evenly matched and they are playing in Australia sridhar