Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Anderson fitness still raises concern

England have admitted for the first time to concerns over James Anderson's fitness for next week's opening Test.

Anderson was the only member of England's attack — minus Adil Rashid, who has stayed with the Performance Programme in Pretoria — not to bowl as the rain relented to allow outdoor practice.

Asked afterwards if there is a question mark over Anderson’s readiness for the first Test, coach Andy Flower said: “Yes, there is.”

He was nonetheless equivocal on what has become an increasingly confusing topic.

“He is one of our main bowlers, our strike bowler. I think he'll be ready,” said Flower.

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