James Anderson embracing new Test era for England; Keen to prove fitness for India series decider


James Anderson targets return to action for the India series decider, beginning on Friday, having missed the last Test through injury; Watch England vs India live on Friday from 9.30am on Sky Sports Cricket, with play getting under way at 10.30am

Last Updated: 29/06/22 4:38pm

James Anderson missed the third Test against New Zealand through injury

James Anderson is eager to prove his fitness in time to take on India on Friday, as England’s Test side look to keep their feel-good factor going in a must-win contest at Edgbaston.

India hold a 2-1 lead in the series, halted last September when the tourists declined to play at Old Trafford due to concerns over a coronavirus outbreak, while England arrive off the back of a 3-0 clean sweep over New Zealand.

Anderson sat out the final match of the New Zealand series at Headingley due to concerns over his left ankle, although remained with the squad to take in a third thrilling victory of the summer.

Highlights from day five of the England vs New Zealand 3rd Test.

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Highlights from day five of the England vs New Zealand 3rd Test.

Highlights from day five of the England vs New Zealand 3rd Test.

The 39-year-old admitted he was frustrated not to feature in England’s latest Test victory, with Anderson enjoying the buoyant feeling around the team and motivated to return to action.

“We’ve started brilliantly, and I think we’ve shown what style of cricket we want to play under Ben [Stokes] and Brendan [McCullum],” Anderson told Sky Sports.

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“Having got to know those two and see them work together over the past few weeks, they’ll want to build on that and not just settle for those performances. They’ll want even better performances as we go, even more positive cricket, and I think that’s really exciting.

“I certainly feel like I’ve got a smile on my face on the field a bit more than I normally have! It’s just been so much fun playing with this group and the style of cricket that we have been playing.”

With England producing a clean sweep over New Zealand, take a look back at how Ben Stokes' captaincy got off to the perfect start.

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With England producing a clean sweep over New Zealand, take a look back at how Ben Stokes’ captaincy got off to the perfect start.

With England producing a clean sweep over New Zealand, take a look back at how Ben Stokes’ captaincy got off to the perfect start.

England’s Ben Foakes tested positive midway through the third Test but joined the squad in Birmingham for a light training session on Wednesday afternoon, while Sam Billings remains with the team as cover, with Anderson also coming through training unscathed in his bid to return to action.

“I hate missing games,” Anderson added. “After that game at Headingley the feeling around the group is so good you want to be around it as much as possible.

England captain Ben Stokes was delighted with his side's 3-0 series win over New Zealand and hopes to carry it over to the next Test against India.

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England captain Ben Stokes was delighted with his side’s 3-0 series win over New Zealand and hopes to carry it over to the next Test against India.

England captain Ben Stokes was delighted with his side’s 3-0 series win over New Zealand and hopes to carry it over to the next Test against India.

“It was disappointing to miss the last game, seeing the guys out on the field having a good time and playing well. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I can get back in this week.

“The ankle feels pretty good and I’ve got a couple of days of practice to get through. If I can do that, hopefully I’m good for Friday. We’ll see what happens.”

England vs India begins on Friday, with coverage from 9.30am on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event ahead of play getting under way at 10.30am.



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