Veteran England fast bowler James Anderson has confirmed that he is fit and ready to play in the first Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston on June 16. Anderson suffered a groin injury while representing his club Lancashire in a County Championship game earlier this month but has since recovered well.
"Yes definitely. It feels really good and as if it has reacted to treatment. 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," Anderson stated, according to The Telegraph.
Anderson holds the record for being England's leading wicket-taker in Test cricket, with an impressive tally of 685 scalps in 179 matches. His availability is crucial for England, especially as they are already without the services of injured fast bowler Jofra Archer for their entire home summer.
However, it is unlikely that Anderson will feature in England's one-off Test against Ireland, which begins on June 1 at Lord's. The uncapped seamer Josh Tongue has been added to the squad for that match.
Regarding his groin injury, Anderson expressed optimism, saying, "It (groin injury) is good. It is not too serious. I have been back bowling and running and (am) confident I will be fit and firing soon."
He further explained his plan, stating, "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."
England is eager to reclaim the Ashes from Australia for the first time since 2015. Following the first Test at Edgbaston from June 16-20, the remaining matches will be held at Lord's, Headingley, Old Trafford, and The Oval. This Ashes series will mark Anderson's tenth appearance against Australia, highlighting his significant experience and value to the England team.