Cook hope­ful An­der­son will play role in In­dia

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DHAKA: Eng­land bowler James An­der­son should play some part in the tour of In­dia but will def­i­nitely miss the first test, cap­tain Alas­tair Cook said yes­ter­day.

Pace­man An­der­son is still re­cov­er­ing from the shoul­der in­jury that ruled him out of the trip to Bangladesh. “He might come out to do some train­ing but he will not be ready to play in the first test,” Cook said.

“I spoke to him last night. He has been do­ing a lot of train­ing and is in good shape phys­i­cally. The de­ci­sion is go­ing to be made over the next week on that (when he goes to In­dia). “The test for his body is when he starts bowl­ing, but he is making some strides.” An­der­son, 34, has strug­gled with in­jury this year and missed the first test against Pak­istan at Lord’s with a shoul­der in­jury be­fore it flared up again at the end of the do­mes­tic sea­son.

The first of five tests against In­dia starts on Nov. 9. Cook will over­take Alec Ste­wart to be­come the most-capped Eng­land test player when he steps out for the first of two tests against Bangladesh to­day. “I started how­ever many years ago and you never thought you’d get any­where near, so to break the record like that is very spe­cial,” he told the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board web­site ahead of his 134th test. “A lot of luck, I sup­pose, is needed with in­juries and all that stuff and to score just enough runs at the right time to keep your­self in the team,” said Cook who re­joined the squad in Chittagong af­ter re­turn­ing home for the birth of his sec­ond daugh­ter. — Reuters

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