Anderson to join England squad in India
James Anderson will join England’s Test squad in India next week, and is increasingly hopeful of playing a significant part in the five-match series after making encouraging progress in his recovery from a shoulder injury.
The Lancashire star missed the drawn series in Bangladesh because of a stress fracture in his right shoulder and has not played since the last Investec Test against Pakistan at the Kia Oval in mid-August.
But he has been steadily rebuilding his fitness, confidence and pace over the last two weeks by bowling on the grass surface in the heated marquee outside the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, and was cleared to head to India to complete his recovery after a final test on Friday morning.
Anderson is set to arrive in Rajkot on Tuesday, ahead of England’s first ever Test in the Gujarat city. That would obviously be too late for him to be considered for the first Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, but his early arrival will allow him to begin acclimatising to subcontinental conditions, as well as training with his England team-mates and working with the England coaching staff on the tour.