James Anderson says he is 'hungry' to keep playing for England, aims to return for Test series against New Zealand in November

England paceman James Anderson hopes to overcome a calf problem that forced him out of the Ashes series and will aim to return for their tours of New Zealand and South Africa later this year.

Reuters, Sep 11, 2019 11:12:52 IST

England paceman James Anderson hopes to overcome a calf problem that forced him out of the Ashes series and will aim to return for their tours of New Zealand and South Africa later this year.

The 37-year-old sustained the injury playing for Lancashire in July and managed only four overs in the opening Test at Edgbaston before being ruled out of the five-match series.

James Anderson says he is hungry to keep playing for England, aims to return for Test series against New Zealand in November

James Anderson is targeting a comeback in November during the two-match Test series in New Zealand. AFP

“I’m just about getting over the disappointment ... looking ahead to what I can do in the future,” England’s top test wicket-taker with 575 victims told Sky Sports.

“I’m definitely hungry and keen to keep playing for England. This summer I have been bowling as well as I ever have. I bowled quite a lot for Lancashire at the start of the season and was in really good form before I got injured at an annoying time.”

Anderson is targeting a comeback in November during the two-match Test series in New Zealand, but said he was prepared to wait until the four-Test tour of South Africa in December and January.

“I never like looking too far ahead, I just want to get my calf sorted and look to the next series to see if I can get myself fit for New Zealand and if not, then South Africa,” Anderson said.

Anderson said he was also considering a vegan diet to prolong his career.

“I’m open-minded ... I’m going to try and investigate every possible avenue of what I need to do at my age to keep myself in good shape,” he added to British media.

England failed to regain the Ashes and trail Australia 2-1 heading into the final test starting at The Oval on Thursday.

Updated Date: Sep 11, 2019 11:12:52 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252