India vs England | James Anderson hopeful of starting in second Test

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India vs England | James Anderson hopeful of starting in second Test

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SportsCafe Desk

11/10/2016

England pace spearhead James Anderson is optimistic about being fit to play in the second Test against India at Visakhapatnam. The 34-year old also congratulated his long-term teammate Stuart Broad on reaching the milestone of 100 Test matches for England with the ongoing Test in Rajkot.

"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,” said James Anderson when he spoke with Sky Sports about his injury on Thursday.

After suffering a stress fracture to his shoulder, England's record wicket-taker has not played a Test for England since August.

"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 into my legs to make sure I'm as fit as I can be and maybe be fit for the second Test. 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,” he updated about the progress of his recovery.

Despite no match practice in over three months, the Lancastrian was confident that he could adjust to the match atmosphere quickly.

"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," he said.

Anderson also congratulated his pace bowling partner Stuart Broad after the 30-year old won his 100th Test cap in the ongoing Test in Rajkot.

"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," he added.

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