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Anderson 'ready to come out' to India:Cook

Press AssociationPress Association 5/11/2016

James Anderson is set to join England's tour of India in Rajkot, captain Alastair Cook has confirmed.

Anderson satisfied England's medical staff, in a series of fitness tests during the past week in Loughborough, that he is sufficiently recovered from the stress fracture of the shoulder blade in his bowling arm.

"It's really good news. I think he's probably about a week ahead of where we thought he would be," Cook said at his tour preview media conference.

"He's ready to come out, so it's just trying to get him out to Rajkot as quickly as we can.

"I've heard Tuesday he might be on the same flight as Straussy (England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss), we hope."

However, England's leading wicket-taker won't be ready in time to join his fellow front-line seamer Stuart Broad in the latter's 100th Test, which is due to start on Wednesday.

It is more likely Anderson will have to wait until at least the third Test of five, in Mohali, at the end of November before he is fit enough to take part.

The 34-year-old's arrival will nonetheless be a morale boost for Cook's tourists, who face a tough examination of their skill and resolution following defeat to Bangladesh in Dhaka last weekend in a drawn Test series.

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