Root: Jimmy isn’t fin­ished at Test level

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CHRIS OSTICK

JOE Root in­sists Eng­land shouldn’t write off Jimmy Anderson.

The Lan­cashire bowler missed all but four overs of the Ashes se­ries this sum­mer be­cause of a calf in­jury.

And de­spite him mak­ing a re­turn for Lan­cashire sec­onds, a re­cur­rence saw him ruled out of the Test se­ries in New Zealand, which started last night.

Anderson, 37, has been post­ing videos on so­cial me­dia of him bowl­ing both in the nets and out­side at La Manga Club re­sort in Spain, adding ‘another day of build­ing up my bowl­ing. Pro­gress­ing nicely.’

Eng­land’s record wicket-taker will travel to Potchef­stroom - along­side fel­low seam­ers Craig Over­ton, Ol­lie Robin­son, Olly Stone and Mark Wood and bats­man Jonny Bairstow - for a train­ing camp that runs from De­cem­ber 1-14 with a view to prov­ing his fit­ness be­fore the Test se­ries against South Africa.

And those who have writ­ten off the Lan­cashire star are pre­ma­ture, says Test skip­per Root.

He said: “The one thing we shouldn’t do is start say­ing he’s com­ing to the end (of his ca­reer) now be­cause ev­ery time that’s been a con­ver­sa­tion he’s made it very clear in his per­for­mances that it’s not the case.

While he is per­form­ing as he is and has the de­sire as he’s shown to get him­self fit and ready, then you’ve got to make the most of that for sure.”

Lan­cashire’s Saqib Mah­mood and Matty Parkin­son, who are in the Test squad for the first time, missed out on se­lec­tion for the first Test at Mount Maun­ganui.

Dom Si­b­ley made his de­but at the top of the or­der.

Lan­cashire seamer Jimmy Anderson

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