James Anderson declares himself fit and ready to fire in huge Ashes boost

James Anderson - Gareth Copley/Getty Images
James Anderson - Gareth Copley/Getty Images

James Anderson has returned to bowling and declared he will “definitely” be fit for the start of the Ashes series at Edgbaston on June 16.

Anderson has been bowling in the nets at Old Trafford this week ahead of schedule and will continue to step up his recovery from a groin strain before joining up with England on Sunday to begin preparations for the four-day Test against Ireland.

It is the second piece of good news for England this week after scans cleared Ollie Robinson of serious damage following an ankle injury sustained while playing for Sussex at the weekend. Anderson suffered the groin strain playing for Lancashire last week sparking fears the 40 year-old would miss the start of the Ashes, and add to England;s growing list of injured bowlers which includes Jofra Archer, Olly Stone and Jamie Overton.

Anderson remains unlikely to play against Ireland next week with England taking the sensible option and not rushing him back early. England added the uncapped Worcestershire bowler Josh Tongue to the squad for the Ireland Test as cover.

“It [groin injury] is good. It is not too serious. I have been back bowling and running and confident I will be fit and firing soon,” Anderson told Telegraph Sport. “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.”

When asked if he will be fit for the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, Anderson replied: “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.”