Cook: James Anderson not to play 1st Test in India

Photo of England's pace bowler James Anderson

New Delhi: The England pacer James Anderson ruled out of first Test match in India, stated Alastair Cook today.

Anderson was not available in the two-Test matches in Bangladesh reason being a stress fracture in his left shoulder and the later was also not a part of England’s first Test due to physical illness, Cook disclosed the fact that the pacer will not recover till the Test in Rajkot, which will begin from November 9.

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England’s Test skipper stated “He might come out to do some training but he will not be ready to play in the first Test. I spoke to him last night. He has been doing a lot of training and is in good shape physically. The decision is going to be made over the next week on that.”

Cook still is optimistic regarding the availability of the pacer in upcoming five-Test-match series. “Jimmy has not bowled yet and that has been the problem in the past. The test for his body is when he starts bowling but he is making some strides.”

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The 34-year-old has already missed out a Test against Pakistan this year because of his injury, which he exasperated after his return. With this, team England will have to deal with a huge blow if their pace bowler fails to make his comeback during the series.

(By:- Prishita Rathi)


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