England star Anderson vows to return before Ashes end

London, Aug 7 (AFP/APP):England’s record wicket taker James Anderson is determined to return to the team before the Ashes series with Australia ends in September he told The Sun on Wednesday.
The 37-year-old has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test which starts next Wednesday at Lord’s, after injuring his right calf having bowled just four overs in the series opener at Edgbaston as Australia romped to a 251-run victory.
Anderson, who has taken 575 Test wickets, had not played competitive cricket for a month leading into the match after injuring the same calf playing for Lancashire.
“I’m pretty confident I can get over this, I want to keep going,” said Anderson.
“The plan is to get back and play some part in The Ashes but if that doesn’t work out, the winter (tours to New Zealand and South Africa) is absolutely on my radar.
“I’m sure there will come a point where other bowlers either get injured or need a rest.
“If one needs to be replaced, it might work out well if I can get myself fit and help towards the end of the series.”
Anderson, whose place at Lord’s is likely to be taken by young paceman Jofra Archer, said injuries were part and parcel of his advancing years.
“I’m at the age now when there’s a chance injuries will happen more,” he said.
“It’s something I’ve got to prepare for. But I’m very fortunate — I’ve been lucky with having so few throughout my career.”

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