London: Aug 17, 2011
Pacer James Anderson is likely to be fit for the fourth Test against India, starting from Thursday at the Oval, after he bowled for about half an hour on Wednesday during England's net session without apparent discomfort from his "minor" thigh injury.
England captain Andrew Strauss said he felt "comforted" after seeing the fast bowler bowl at near full pace before taking part in a short session of sprint training on Wednesday and also hoped that he would be able to take the field as his team aim for a 4-0 series whitewash against India.
"He seems fine. Like all these things it was a niggle and we'll have to wait and see how he is, but we're very comforted by how he came through today. I think he should be OK," said Strauss.
Anderson did not bowl on Tuesday and was only involved in fielding drills, even as his fellow pacers sweated it out during the net session.
England had also called up Graham Onions as cover for Anderson for the fourth Test as a precautionary measure after the seamer reported stiffness in his right leg following the last weekend's series-clinching victory against India in the third Test at Edgbaston. (PTI)