James Anderson confident of playing in the second Test against India


England paceman James Anderson said that he is confident that he will be declared fit for the second Test match against India which will be played from November 17 in Visakhapatnam.

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The 34-year-old English fast bowler, who did not play a drawn series against Bangladesh due to a shoulder injury and there were fears that he would miss most of the India tour. But now the England’s record Test wicket-taker is confident to return to the national team next week.

Anderson told ‘Sky Sports’, “I had a good week at Loughborough last week, bowling to get some overs under my belt. Hopefully, I can keep that going this week and get some miles on my legs to make sure I’m as fit as I can be and maybe be fit for the second Test.”

Anderson played last Test match against Pakistan in August at the Oval, who is returning from a stress fracture in his right shoulder.

He said, “It is still over a week away. It is hard to say right now, but it will all depend on how this week goes. I’m sure in the next two of three days we will have a good idea of whether that is a possibility or not. At first we thought maybe missing four Tests was a possibility, but the way I have progressed over the last two or three weeks has been positive.”

The paceman added, “At the tender age of 34 I’ve got enough experience to get into match mode quite quickly. Obviously, it is not always easy without having any games under my belt, but I think I am able to do that.”

Anderson congratulated Stuart Broad on winning his 100th Test cap in the ongoing series opener test in Rajkot. He said, “I thought I was going to miss it, with the injury and stuff, but it is great I could make it out here in time and see him get his cap this morning off Straussy (Andrew Strauss). What an amazing achievement. He has been a fantastic bowler for years, I am fortunate to have played the majority of his 100 Tests as well, and created a great friendship on and off the field. I am just delighted to be here.”