London, Jul 20 : England paceman James Anderson, who has been a vital force in red-ball cricket for his team, is expecting to make full recovery ahead of the Ashes series, which begins from August 1.
Anderson, who is turning 37 this month, had sustained "a low-grade calf muscle tear" on July 2 during a County Championship game. England selector Ed Smith spoke about Anderson's situation, saying, "He's having a bit of a break now he's played a lot of cricket and has been a central protagonist in one of the great stories in sport. He will get every medical attention that we can give to make sure he has every possibility of being fit as soon as possible."
Prior to the Ashes, England are set to host Ireland for a one-off four-day Test at
Lord's which begins from July 24. Anderson admitted that he was feeling good but his participation against the Irish would all come down to his fitness level, an ICC report on Saturday said.
"We meet up on Monday and at the moment I feel good," Anderson told a media channel. "I will keep bowling and we will monitor it. If it comes to Wednesday and I'm fit to play then great, but if not I will work towards being fit for the Ashes."
The paceman also reflected on England's ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 triumph and added that his side now needs to "re-focus" on the upcoming Tests assignments."It's a really exciting time for English cricket. I think it was an amazing final and the reaction to it has been phenomenal," he said."It's time to re-focus on to Test cricket. We realise the dangers that the Australian team bring to Test cricket, so we're going to have to be fully focused on that. We can't afford to hang on to the World Cup win. It's our job as English cricketers to try and carry that momentum on and hopefully an Ashes win will do that," Anderson added.(UNI)