Anderson will miss first Test match aginst India with shoulder injury
England pacer James Anderson will miss the first Test match against India next month because of a shoulder injury. England captain Alastair Cook confirmed today that Anderson will not be able to play the first Test because he is recovering from shoulder injury.
England will play the first Test against India in Rajkot, which starts on Nov 9, but England is hopeful he will figure at some point during the five-match series. Anderson was ruled out of the Bangladesh tour and has not bowled in a match since the end of the Test series against Pakistan. He has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right shoulder, an unusual and rare injury which is complicating the recovery process for the England medical staff.
“I don’t think he will be there for the start. He might come out to do some training but he will not be ready to play in the first Test. I spoke to him last night. He has been doing a lot of training and is in good shape physically. The decision is going to be made over the next week on that,” said Cook.
“Jimmy has not bowled yet and that has been the problem in the past. The test for his body is when he starts bowling but he is making some strides,” he added.
Anderson missed two Tests against Australia in 2015 with a side injury and the first Test against South Africa in Durban with a calf strain. But the shoulder injury flared up last summer and he missed the first Test at Lord’s against Pakistan. He returned to play in the rest of the series but aggravated the injury again and was unable to play for Lancashire in the final weeks of the season.
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