34-year-old James Anderson, England's pace bowling spearhead, will not be fit in time for the first three matches of the 5-Test series against India later this year. He had already been ruled out of the 1st Test with a stress fracture of the shoulder blade, but the new recovery routine chalked out for him ensures that he will miss at least two more matches.
England's record Test wicket taker will resume bowling later this week, being eased back into action with two one-day matches for England Lions against a UAE XI on December 1 and 3.
This routine makes it a possibility that Anderson will return for the final two Tests of the series, which will be in December. The latest news will also be welcome news for India captain Virat Kohli, who has found Anderson one of the toughest bowlers to face in his otherwise flawless career.
Australia speed merchant Mitchell Johnson has spoken up about the infamous 'Homework-gate' incident in 2013 that threatened to put an early an unceremonious end to his career. Back on the 2013 tour of India, Johnson, Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson had been not considered for a match after they failed to turn in a written assignment given to them by coach Mickey Arthur.
In his new book, Resilient, Johnson has detailed how the matter unfolded. The players had been asked to write where they thought they could improve from their last match and submit it to the team management. The four players who had failed to turn it in had been told before the next match that they would not be considered to play in the XI.
Johnson has also said how he was told that his bond with Shane Watson was seen as a faction within the team, especially because Watson was feuding with the captain Michael Clarke. He adds that he has been playing with Watson from very early days, and likes him because of his straightforwardness.