Anderson targets full fitness for Ashes.
Anderson expects to recover from groin injury in a couple of weeks. However, he will skip the one-off test against Ireland to prioritize full fitness for the upcoming Ashes series.
Anderson sustains groin injury playing for Lancashire but included in Ireland test squad. He aims to recover before the first Ashes test on June 16 at Edgbaston.
Anderson, England’s top test bowler with 685 wickets, is crucial for their Ashes campaign. His role becomes even more significant with Jofra Archer sidelined due to an elbow injury.
Anderson remains optimistic about his injury, describing it as a low-grade issue. He expects to return to full fitness in a couple of weeks, as he expressed during the BBC’s Tailenders podcast.
Anderson expressed his frustration about the timing of his injury, as he wanted to feel prepared and refreshed before the upcoming series. He emphasized the importance of planning the best approach to navigate through the summer considering his current situation.
Anderson acknowledged that playing the game despite his injury was not an ideal situation. However, he reassured that he is not feeling stressed about it. He mentioned his intention to avoid a repeat of the 2019 incident when he suffered an injury on the first day of the Ashes series against Australia.
Anderson’s calf injury in 2019 forced him to miss the remaining matches of the Ashes series, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Currently, he is adopting a cautious approach, taking each day as it comes and prioritizing his recovery. He expressed his reluctance to risk exacerbating the injury and emphasized the importance of avoiding any actions that could make it worse.
Anderson expressed greater confidence in his ability to overcome the current injury compared to his experience in 2019. He is determined to fully recover and make a strong contribution to the Ashes series.
This is published in logicalbaat, on 17 May, 2023.