'Yes, Definitely Will Be...': James Anderson Provides Fitness Update
James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be key for England's success in The Ashes 2023 [Source: Twitter]
Ahead of the all-hyped 'The Ashes 2023', England are faced with issues of their own, with the likes of Ollie Robinson, and James Anderson troubled with injury concerns. Pacer Jofra Archer has already been ruled out of the season, following a relapse of his elbow stress fracture.
However, in encouraging news, Anderson, 40, has provided an update on his fitness while speaking to the Telegraph, where the pacer revealed that he will 'definitely' be ready for the upcoming Ashes series starting next month.
Anderson injured his groin while playing for Lancashire in County Championship 2023-24 encounter a few weeks ago, and has since been out of action.
Anderson is unlikely to take part in England's one-off Test against Ireland starting June 1 at the Lord's despite being named in the squad. Worcestershire speedster Josh Tongue made a late entry into the Three Lions squad last evening.
Here's what Anderson said
"Yes, definitely. I have no issues running and bowling again and just keeping my fingers crossed I can carry on going as I have been and will be ready for the Ashes.
The idea is to try and step it up here at Lancashire over the next couple of days and then meet up with England on Sunday and see where I get to. I am in the squad for the Ireland Test but we have to make a call on that nearer to the time."
With 685 Test wickets under his belt, Anderson will be crucial for England claiming back the urn against Australia.
The lanky pacer has had immense success against Australian batters, picking 112 wickets over his career. The first Ashes Test gets underway from June 16 at Edgbaston.