Sunday, July 5, 2020 | ePaper

England management hopeful of Anderson being fit for South Africa Tests

  • Print



England fast bowler James Anderson, who hasn't played a Test since sustaining a calf strain during the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston in August this year, is expected to return for his team's upcoming tour of South Africa.
Anderson was forced off the field after bowling only four overs during the Ashes opener. The 37-year-old was also sidelined for the two New Zealand Tests, the first of which will be played in Mount Maunganui from 22 November.
After having trained at Manchester City's home ground, the Etihad stadium, last month in a bid to recover, Anderson will now be heading for the training camp in Potchefstroom, and if cleared, will feature in the first of the four Tests - the Boxing Day game in Centurion.
"Jimmy is going out to Potchefstroom," Ashley Giles, the managing director of England's men's cricket, told the BBC. "We're hopeful. We think he is on track, which is great. The medical team are happy. The older you get, these things linger longer. We felt no point forcing it for this short tour.
"It will be interesting to see the pitches we play on in South Africa. I think they'll be green, and they'll go for a bowler war and take us on. It's not something I'd take on with Jofra Archer and Jimmy Anderson, but it will be an exciting series."
Mark Wood, Olly Stone and Jamie Overton will be the other bowlers to take part in the camp, which will be under the supervision of Jonathan Trott, Glen Chapple, Neil Killeen and, subject to finalising a deal as bowling consultant, Darren Gough.
England had triumphed 2-1 in the Tests when they last toured South Africa, in 2015-16, and it remains one of their only two overseas wins in the last 11 away series. While they've excelled as a white-ball unit in the period, Giles laid special emphasis on maintaining the right balance across formats and marked the away Ashes win in Australia as a long-term goal, something they haven't done since the 2010-11 triumph under Andrew Strauss.

More News For this Category

Saad wants to secure full three points against India

Saad wants to secure full three points against India

The upcoming Joint Qualifiers round two for FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 is scheduled to be held in October and November.According to the new schedule proposed

Chinese shuttler Lin Dan announces retirement

Chinese badminton great Lin Dan announced his retirement on social media Saturday by ending his 20-year glorious national team career. "From 2000 to 2020, after 20 years, I have to

Women athletes under pressure to retire earlier: Kirsty Law

Women athletes under pressure to retire earlier: Kirsty Law

BBC Online :Women athletes come under pressure to retire earlier than they should, says discus thrower Kirsty Law.The Scottish and British champion, 33, briefly quit the sport in late

AFC sets directions to arrange AFC Cup matches

BSS, Dhaka  :The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has set some directions for the host countries to arrange the matches of AFC cup in centralized venues."The AFC has given some

Scorer Abul Hossain no more

Sports Reporter :Scorer Abul Hossain died on Thursday morning at the CCU in Mirpur Heart Foundation. Abul Hossain got admitted in the hospital on Tuesday last due to pain

Coco Gauff can change the world for the better, says Navratilova

Coco Gauff can change the world for the better, says Navratilova

BBC Online :American teenage tennis star Coco Gauff can help "change the world for the better"," says 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova.The 16-year-old has repeatedly spoken to demand

BCB hopeful of Women's Under-19 team's formation amid Covid-19

BCB hopeful of Women's Under-19 team's formation amid Covid-19

BSS, Dhaka :The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is not wary of the Women's Under-19 team whose practice session was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which also casts a

Russell greets all sports journalists

BSS, Dhaka :State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell, MP, greeted all the sports journalists of print, electronic and online media on the occasion of World Sports

UEFA announces Champions League schedule for next season

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced the schedule for the Champions League 2020-21 season on Wednesday, with the new season set to kick off on October 20. According

It's my fault, leave the man alone: Serbian Prime Minister defends Djokovic

It's my fault, leave the man alone: Serbian Prime Minister defends Djokovic

With tennis being in the news for all the wrong reasons lately and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic under heavy criticism for organising a tennis exhibition tournament without social distancing