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Ashes 2019: James Anderson targets return for winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa after injury disappointment


England cricket team bowler James Anderson is hoping to be fit for England’s winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa after a calf injury ruled him out of the Ashes 2019.

Anderson bowled just four overs in the first Test at Edgbaston before suffering a recurrence of a calf injury suffered while playing for Lancashire in July.

And England’s record Test wicket-taker was subsequently ruled out of the series, but Anderson insists he is not contemplating retirement.


“I’m just about getting over the disappointment … looking ahead to what I can do in the future,” the 37-year-old told Sky Sports.

“I’m definitely hungry and keen to keep playing for England. This summer I have been bowling as well as I ever have. I bowled quite a lot for Lancashire at the start of the season and was in really good form before I got injured at an annoying time.”

England’s first red-ball action after the conclusion of the Ashes is a two-match Test series in New Zealand in November, before four Tests in South Africa in December and January.

Anderson is targeting a return to fitness ahead of that New Zealand tour, and is considering a vegan diet in a bid to prolong his career.

“I never like looking too far ahead, I just want to get my calf sorted and look to the next series to see if I can get myself fit for New Zealand and if not, then South Africa,” Anderson said.

“I’m open-minded … I’m going to try and investigate every possible avenue of what I need to do at my age to keep myself in good shape,” he added to media ahead of the fifth Test.

Australia lead the Ashes 2-1 with the final game at the Oval beginning on Thursday.


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