England fast bowler James Anderson expects to be fit in time for the second Test against India in Visakhapatnam on 17 November. The record-breaking Lancastrian has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since August and was recently forced to miss England's two-Test series against Bangladesh, as well as the opening Test against India.
Anderson does, however, expect to be fit to return to the England side in time for the second game of their hectic tour of India, which started in Rajkot on Wednesday (9 November). Anderson recently started bowling at Loughborough University and is slowly working his way towards full fitness.
"I had a good week up at Loughborough last week bowling to get some overs under my belt and hopefully I can keep that going this week and get some miles into my legs to make sure I'm as fit as I can be and maybe be fit for the second Test," the 34-year-old seamer told Sky Sports.
"I had a stress fracture of the shoulder blades at the back of my shoulder. The stress fracture has healed now and hopefully that will last. We initially thought maybe the fourth Test against India was a possibility but the way I've progressed over the last three or four weeks has been positive."
Anderson – who has 463 wickets from his 119 Test matches – also claimed that his experience ought to allow him to jump straight back into international cricket without any competitive practice. "I think at the tender age of 34 I've got enough experience to get into match mode quite quickly," he shared. "Obviously it is not always easy without having any games under my belt, but I think I am able to do that. This week will be key to see where we are."