Fast English bowler James Anderson will train at Etihad Stadium, the home ground of Manchester City, to recover from the calf injury that plagued him for most of the Ashes series last month.
Anderson had initially contracted the injury while playing at Lancashire in July, before reappearing at the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, displacing him from the field after only four overs. He was later excluded from the rest of the series.
Anderson was also ignored for the 15-member team on the Two-Test New Zealand Tour and now wants to return during the Four Test Series in South Africa, starting with the Boxing Day Test in Centurion.
The 37-year-old will have access to Etihad Campus facilities over the next two months and will be under the supervision of Rob Ahmun, head of strength and conditioning in England.
“[Anderson] hopes to use the world-class facilities on the Etihad campus over the next two months, along with the English cricket sports science team, to embark on the South Africa tour, which begins in December,” said an ECB spokesman.
Anderson, the leading wicket-taker among fast bowlers in testing, was very disappointed that he had missed the last four games in the Ashes. He is now looking for inspiration from footballer Ryan Giggs, who played 963 times for Manchester United and played until he was 40 years old.
“It was absolutely devastating to miss the Ashes series, but I did not think for a second about retiring,” Anderson said. “In fact, I will examine how Ryan Giggs was able to play football at the highest level until he was 40. I would like to do that.”