James Anderson fit for Sri Lanka Tests
England star pacer James Anderson is ready to declare himself fit for the upcoming two-Test tour of Sri Lanka in March. However, he will not necessarily be picked by the selectors.
The 37-year-old has made good improvement from the displaced franture on his left rib. It has been learnt that Anderson, who is England’s highest Test wicket-taker ever, spoke with national selector Ed Smith earlier this week.
Now he is awaiting the advice from the medical team as well as the strategy planning from the England management regarding his inclusion in the upcoming series.
Another possibility might be that the 151-cap veteran is not chosen for the Sri Lanka Tests, rather kept in cold storage for the three-match home series against West Indies, which is still four months away (in June).
The last time Anderson was in Sri Lanka was in autumn 2018. That time, despite seam bowling being sparsely used in the Sri Lankan conditions, he performed with great skill and control to bowl 41 overs in two matches in a series they won by 3-0. If chosen, he could once again rotate new-ball duties with Stuart Broad.
England are also in need of a high-end pace option in their attack, that means Mark Wood might get a go. He was the man of the match against South Africa in Johannesburg last month.
England selectors were waiting for the final news on Jofra Archer on Thursday (February 6), and as the 24-year-old has already been announced to be ruled out of the tour as well as the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the door could be opened to Anderson.