The England cricket team have got a major boost ahead of their Test series against India with news filtering in that pacer James Anderson has been passed fit and will fly to the subcontinent nation on Monday. Anderson who is England's leading wicket-taker with 463 wickets was declared unfit for the Three Lions tour of Bangladesh due to the recurrence of a shoulder injury.
The 34-year-old had undergone three days of fitness tests and according to Daily Mail the pacer passed those tests and was given the go ahead to join England's squad for their five-match Test series against the number one ranked team.
Anderson is expected to join the squad at Rajkot ahead of the first Test which starts on 9 November, but is not expected to play in the game, instead he will hope to prove his fitness for the second Test scheduled for 17 November at Visakhapatnam.
The pacer was initially told that he would have to play for the England Lions during their tour to United Arab Emirates in December in order to prove his fitness, which would have meant missing the first two Tests against India. The Lancashire pacer instead offered to play in Indian club cricket to prove his fitness but that idea was vetoed by England's chief of security Reg Dickason who wanted the pacer to be with the squad.
England's subcontinent tour did not get off to the best of starts as they were held to a 1-1 series draw against Bangladesh, losing to the Tigers for the first time in their history when the hosts beat them by 108 runs in the second Test to square the series at Mirpur.
The Three Lions are scheduled to play a five Test, five One Day International (ODI) and three Twenty20 series against India starting 9 November.