Anderson set to return

Published: Monday 19th January 2015 by The News Editor

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James Anderson is likely to return to the England side against India on Tuesday.

Anderson has been continuing his recovery from a niggling knee injury and missed England’s final Tri-Series warm-up against a Prime Minister’s XI as well as Friday’s defeat by Australia in Sydney.

With early swing so important with the white ball, Anderson is key to England’s World Cup plans and they must balance building his match sharpness with preventing a relapse.

They have erred on the side of caution thus far, but after taking part in two full training sessions at the Gabba, he looks set for a comeback against the Indians.

He has been charging in at good pace and his presence in a slip-fielding drill on the eve of the match appeared to be a nod towards the selection plan.

Fellow seamer Steven Finn is most vulnerable on form, but Chris Jordan missed Monday’s training session due to illness, which may be a factor.

Batsman Joe Root would be happy to have Anderson back in the side.

“He’s got masses of experience, he’s a big part of the dressing room, and can only strengthen our squad,” said Root.

“He’ll swing it. He’s bowled at the death a lot, he’s got a lot of skills, and in these conditions, on this wicket, he’ll be hard to come up against.”

Published: Monday 19th January 2015 by The News Editor

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