James Anderson is wishing to demonstrate his fitness for the Ashes in next week’s historic one-off Test against Ireland. Anderson, England’s record wicket-taker, has been sidelined with a torn leg muscle sustained playing for Lancashire at the beginning of this month. “That’s the plan for me,” Anderson told PA. “Personally i think really good at the minute. We hook up on Saturday and also have the weekend together as a squad and then move down to London for the Ireland Test.

“So it’s just about assessing it. English cricket is driving the crest of a wave after last Sunday’s World Cup final gain against New Zealand enthralled the country. ago today – @jimmy9‘s Test debut 16 years! Anderson, who celebrates his 37th birthday two days before getting into his ninth Ashes series, believes England can feed off the euphoria, but warned its about time for them to shift their focus now.

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“It could be an extremely memorable summer for English cricket, but a lot of cricket to be played before that occurs there’s,” the Lancastrian said. “The plain thing for all of us is, obviously we want to forward carry the momentum, but we can’t afford to hold on to the global world Glass win.

“It’s time to re-focus on to Test cricket. Australia regained the Ashes with an emphatic 4-1 series win in early 2018 and Anderson seems there might not be a much better time for England to attempt to win them back. “It’s a fascinating time for British cricket really,” he said. “I believe it was an amazing (World Cup) final and the a reaction to it’s been phenomenal.”Seeing the country gripped because of it and for this to be on terrestrial TV and things like that was great for the game.

Anderson, whose 575 wickets in 148 Tests places him fourth on the all-time list, captured his 950th first-class wicket this season while playing for his region. His 30 wickets in six County Championship fits, at an average of 9.37, suggest he is still near the top of his game. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this season playing for Lancashire and also feeling part of the team instead of to arrive for the odd game occasionally,” he added.

We have called the squad for our inaugural Test match against Ireland! “My form has sensed very good and it was annoying to get this injury a month or more back, but that’s just area of the job as a bowler. Lancashire, top of Division Two in the County Championship, were planned to launch their Vitality T20 Blast marketing campaign against Leicestershire on Friday evening.