England vs Ireland: James Anderson hopes to face visitors in one-off Test match ahead of Ashes series

James Anderson was named in England's squad for the four-day contest at Lord’s — their first against Ireland — despite picking up the injury in a County Championship match earlier this month.

Reuters, Jul 21, 2019 08:39:18 IST

England paceman James Anderson is recovering well from a calf muscle tear and could be fit for the one-off Test match against Ireland starting on Wednesday, failing which the 36-year-old will target next month’s Ashes series against Australia.

England’s leading wicket-taker was named in their squad for the four-day contest at Lord’s — their first against Ireland — despite picking up the injury in a County Championship match earlier this month.

England vs Ireland: James Anderson hopes to face visitors in one-off Test match ahead of Ashes series

File image of James Anderson. Reuters

“We meet on Monday and at the moment I feel good,” Anderson, who has 575 wickets from 148 tests, told the BBC.

“I will keep bowling and we will monitor it. If it comes to Wednesday and I’m fit to play then great, but if not I will work towards being fit for the Ashes.”

The first Ashes Test begins at Edgbaston on 1 August, with Joe Root’s side looking to regain the coveted urn on home soil after losing 4-0 away in 2017-18.

They head into the five-match series on the back of their maiden 50-overs World Cup triumph last week but Anderson said they had to put celebrations on the backburner and completely focus on red-ball cricket.

“We realise the dangers that the Australian team bring to test cricket, so we’re going to have to be fully focused on that,” Anderson added.

“We can’t afford to hang on to the World Cup win. It’s our job as English cricketers to try and carry that momentum on and hopefully an Ashes win will do that.”

Updated Date: Jul 21, 2019 08:39:18 IST






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