The injured English pace bowler James Anderson insists that he will be fit before the Test series against India and will be the part of the squad on their voyage to the country.
“It’s a frustrating injury where everything feels good, the rest of my body feels great, but as soon as I try to bowl I’ve got a bit of pain there. It’s something that’s going to take a few more weeks to rest and recover. I’ve got another scan in three weeks to see if it’s healed enough for me to start bowling,” Anderson said to ESPNcricinfo.
“I’ve had a couple of injuries here and there in the last 18 months, which is pretty much all I’ve had in my career. I don’t think that’s going to deter me from wanting to play in every single game that I possibly can.
“I love playing the game, I love playing for England and I don’t want to miss any cricket. I’m sure that the management and medical team will have different opinions to me, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it down the line.
“I don’t think my body has let me down in any shape or form,” he added. “I feel as fit as I ever have, I feel very strong, the rest of my body I’ve been working hard on, I’ve done a lot of running, and I’m confident that I can come back fit,” added Anderson.
Anderson suffered a stress fracture in his right arm shoulder during the home Test series against Pakistan. Since then, there were clouds over his participation in Bangladesh tour and finally, he was ruled out of the tour due to this injury. He also missed the home ODI series against Pakistan.
Earlier, the England Cricket Board (ECB) chairman, Andrew Strauss, has already raised concerns about Anderson’s injury. Still, the fast bowler hopes to get back in action soon and is targeting the upcoming five Test matches series against India. He also hopes to play the upcoming Ashes series to be played next year in Australia.
England will kick off their Bangladesh tour from October 7 with a One day clash to be played at Shere Bangla National stadium, Mirpur.
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