England’s leading wicket taker in international cricket, James Anderson has said that he is on the road to recovery after sustaining a shoulder injury during England’s tour to India earlier this year.
Anderson will turn 35 this July and England have a lot of international cricket coming up with four Tests against South Africa and three Tests against West Indies in just over two months. After that, England will travel to Australia for the Ashes, that begin on November 23. Anderson is currently touring Dubai with his county team Lancashire in order to gain match fitness.
“I'll manage the first part of the season with Lancashire to see how my shoulder pulls up and how my fitness goes and if I'm fit then I definitely will try to play all seven. This is a long summer with a lot of Test cricket at the back end. I'll manage the first bit, so I get enough cricket in so I am ready for that Test series, but not so much that I turn up tired," said Anderson.
Anderson is taking things step by step and is focusing on turning out for Lancashire first. He aims to make a strong comeback for the upcoming Ashes, as he had a largely forgettable series down under in 2013-14. He picked up 14 wickets on the tour, as compared to Aussie counterpart Mitchell Johnson who bagged 23 wickets.
Anderson bid goodbye saying, “I didn't enjoy the last trip to Australia [when England were whitewashed 5-0] and I don't want that to be my last. I'm focused on staying fit and keen on trying to find some form. I need to show the selectors that I'm still eager and hungry. Hopefully that will come across in the first few weeks of the season."