England’s esteemed fast bowler, James Anderson, anticipates a return from his groin injury within the next couple of weeks. However, the veteran cricketer has decided against making a comeback for the one-off test against Ireland. Instead, he aims to regain full fitness in time for the highly anticipated Ashes series.
Having suffered a groin injury while playing for Lancashire last week, Anderson’s inclusion in the 15-man squad for the test against Ireland, scheduled for June 1, seemed uncertain. The first Ashes test is set to commence on June 16 at Edgbaston.
As England’s leading bowler in tests, with an impressive record of 685 wickets, Anderson’s presence is crucial, particularly after the unfortunate absence of fellow pacer Jofra Archer due to an elbow injury.
Discussing his injury, Anderson expressed some optimism, stating, “It’s obviously not ideal to get injured, but considering the circumstances, it’s probably the best outcome. It’s a low-grade issue, and I believe that within a couple of weeks, I’ll be back to full fitness.”
The seasoned cricketer shared his frustration about the timing of the injury, as he aimed to feel prepared and refreshed ahead of the upcoming series. Nevertheless, Anderson remains composed and focused on planning the best course of action for the summer matches.
Recalling a similar situation in 2019 when he sustained a calf injury on day one of the first test against Australia, Anderson emphasized his cautious approach this time around. He aims to avoid exacerbating the injury and experiencing a repeat of the unfortunate outcome that forced him out of the rest of the series. Australia ultimately retained the Ashes after the closely contested series in England concluded in a 2-2 draw.
Taking a day-by-day approach, Anderson is keen on ensuring a full recovery without taking any unnecessary risks. He expressed confidence in managing the current injury better than in 2019, conveying his determination to give the Ashes series a valiant effort. As one of England’s most experienced and influential players, Anderson’s return to full fitness will be eagerly awaited by fans and his teammates alike.