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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 12:48 GMT 13:48 UK
Anderson bides time over comeback
James Anderson
Anderson hopes to go on this winter's Ashes tour
England fast bowler James Anderson is not recovering as quickly as expected from a stress fracture in his back but has begun the road back to fitness.

The Lancashire player had a net session with England bowling coach Kevin Shine on Tuesday and said: "I've been bowling for a couple of weeks.

"The first week was just under arm, now I'm just bowling off a couple of paces.

"I had a second scan recently and they said it has healed well I will have another around the start of August."

Anderson has been out of action since his injury was diagnosed following the tour to India earlier this year.

We hope he will play some cricket by the end of the season

Mike Watkinson

There is a big winter ahead when he regains full fitness, with the ICC Champions Trophy in India to be followed by an Ashes tour to Australia and the Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean.

It was in Australia that Anderson first burst onto the international scene in 2002-03 and established himself as a key member of England's one-day team.

He has had mixed fortunes during his Test career but took six wickets to help England beat India in Mumbai in March, a result which enabled them to share the series 1-1.

Lancashire, who saw England skipper Andrew Flintoff back in action at Canterbury, have not set a date for his comeback.

"We will step up his bowling workload and hope that will result in him playing some cricket by the end of the season," said coach Mike Watkinson.

When Anderson's injury was first confirmed, it was said he would be unable to play for at least two months.

That estimate put him on course for a return in early August but now appears optimistic.



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