Anderson returns to England squad for final test

13/06/2011

Rose Bowl hospitality guests for the final England test against Sri Lanka this week may be pleased to hear that opening bowler James Anderson has returned to the squad.

The seamer sat out the second innings of the first test in Cardiff and was later ruled out of the Lord's match with a side strain, but appears to have now fully recovered.

He was due to test his fitness for Lancashire in a Twenty20 game against Worcestershire yesterday (June 12th), but the contest was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain.

Despite this, Anderson is confident he will be ready for the challenge of the five-day game that gets underway on Thursday.

"It was a very minor [strain]. I think it was more precautionary and if I'd carried on bowling in the Cardiff game it could have got a lot worse," he explained yesterday.

His return may give the team more variety in their attack for the historic game at the Rose Bowl - which will see Southampton host its first ever test match – as his ability to swing the ball could complement the pace and bounce offered by fellow seamers Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett.

Posted by Ted Walker
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