James Anderson: England bowler targeting Sri Lanka return
"I've been training for a few weeks now... and I feel really good," Anderson tells Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 08/02/20 1:38pm
England fast bowler James Anderson says he is hoping to return from injury for next month's tour of Sri Lanka.
Anderson suffered a broken rib in the second Test against South Africa and missed the final two games in the series as England ran out 3-1 winners.
England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker is optimistic he will recover in time for the first Test against Sri Lanka which starts on March 19, live on Sky Sports Cricket.
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"It's good, it's all healed and I'm back in the gym," Anderson told Sky Sports. "I've been training for a few weeks now, getting my bowling back up to speed. I feel really good."
"That's the aim [to be ready for Sri Lanka]. The aim for me is to get fit for whatever is next and at the moment that is Sri Lanka.
"With a broken bone you are just waiting for that to heal, you've not lost any fitness. It's about building my bowling back up now. We've got a month before that tour so we have to just wait and see what the selectors think.
"I'm not entirely sure [how I got injured]. The physios think it was through bowling so it was a bit of a freak. The pressure of me bowling has just gone in the wrong place and cracked my rib."
Anderson's potential return will provide a much-needed boost for England, who have already seen fast bowler Jofra Archer ruled out of the trip to Sri Lanka with a stress fracture of the right elbow.
Despite calls for Anderson to be rested for tours to the subcontinent due to the tricky conditions for fast bowlers, the 37-year-old said: "If I'm fit I want to be playing for England, wherever that might be.
"I showed in South Africa that I can still do it abroad. I think I've been unlucky in the last few months with injuries but I think my record before that has been pretty good injury-wise.
"I'm hoping I can keep fit as long as possible, if I'm fit then I want to be playing wherever England are."
Watch England's two-Test series in Sri Lanka, which features games in Galle and Colombo, live on Sky Sports Cricket in March.