Anderson expects to be fit ‘in a couple of weeks’-News

James Anderson has taken 16 wickets in four games for Lancashire in the County Championship so far

England seamer James Anderson has said he hopes to be fit “in a matter of weeks” after that help with groin stress.

Anderson, 40, left the field on day one of Lancashire’s game against Somerset on May 11 and did not take part in the four-day series.

But he has been was selected in England’s Test team against Ireland starting from 1 June.

“I’m not worried about it,” Anderson told the BBC’s Tailenders podcast.

Anderson said he felt a “quaking” in his stomach during his 14th over against Somerset, but was able to relax as the rest of the day was abandoned due to rain.

That night’s taping showed a bit of stress, but Anderson is optimistic about his recovery.

“Obviously it’s not good to be injured but it’s probably the best result as it is, because it’s a low point and I think in a few weeks I’ll be fit again,” he said.

“It’s disappointing because you always want to be happy and have enough bowling before you start the series and you want to be fresh, so now I’m trying to plan the best way through this summer.

“I felt like I needed to play the game so it’s not good, but I’m not worried about it.”

Anderson added that he “doesn’t want” the Ireland Test as his return date, to avoid running back and prolonging the injury.

Anderson was dropped from the Ashes in 2019 after just one season, after injuring his calf.

“I’m just taking it day by day and seeing how it goes because obviously I don’t want to risk anything by expanding it,” he said.

“I’m confident that I can get this right [than in 2019] and give Ash a good crack.”

Anderson is England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests with 685 wickets.

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