James Anderson hopeful of injury-free summer ahead of Ashes 2017-18
England pacer James Anderson, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, is hopeful that his body withstands the England Test summer before the focus shifts to Ashes later this year. Anderson is currently preparing for his stint with Lancashire, and is expected to come back for the Test series against South Africa in July. England will later host West Indies comprising of three Tests in September. Anderson had a tough time over the past year. He missed the first Test against Pakistan due to ankle injury, followed by the series against Bangladesh. He also went on to miss the first Test against India at Rajkot. Also read: James Anderson expresses concern over future of Test cricket
Before beginning his domestic season, Anderson told the reporters in a press conference, “The Tests are a long way away. 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 (Tests). 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.”
However, he is determined to be part of the Ashes that England will be playing in November Down Under. He added, “The Ashes is a very important part of this year for the English cricket team and I’ll have to focus on that closer to the time. I’m focused on staying fit… and I need to show the selectors that I’m still eager and hungry.”
Anderson will be seen playing for Lancashire’s season opening match against Essex on April 7.