James Anderson wishes to go back to the England group “stronger” and has actually not eliminated being fit for the tour of Sri Lanka in March.
The 37- year-old pace bowler broke a rib in the second Test against South Africa recently and will miss out on the remainder of the four-match series.
It was just his second Test back after five months out with a calf injury.
” A damaged rib will ideally be recovered in three or four weeks,” he stated on the Tailenders podcast.
” Once the bone has actually recovered, I can get directly back into it.”
Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, bowled only 4 overs in last summer season’s Ashes series since of the calf issue.
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He withstood a difficult return in England’s first Test defeat by South Africa, just to declare 5 wickets in the first innings of the second Test, which the tourists won to level the series.
” I know a lot does get discussed as you grow older, but it’s more knowing within yourself,” stated the Lancashire man. “I thought I might still do it, however you do not understand unless you do it on the field.
” That will help me through the next few weeks, knowing that I want to come back stronger and still play a part in this England side.
” I’m not ruling out being fit for the Sri Lanka trip.”
England face Sri Lanka in two Tests, with the first Test beginning on 19 March.
As England promoted victory on the final day of the 2nd Test in Cape Town, Anderson did not bowl at all in the afternoon session and was in clear discomfort when he sent out down two overs after tea.
” I was in the most discomfort I have actually ever been in on a cricket field,” he stated. “I could not pull through effectively.
” It was hurting each time I bowled, so I knew there was something not right.
” I was stating to Stuart Broad ‘I think there’s something actually wrong here’. I believed I ‘d ripped a muscle off the rib, so a broken rib isn’t the worst result. A torn muscle would be anywhere from 2, 3 or four months.
” The very first concern the physio asked was if I had been struck – in the nets or landing on it fielding. I ‘d have remembered if I ‘d been struck. They believe it is through the consistent force of me bowling. The muscles were strong enough, but the bone wasn’t.”