Anderson aiming for Oval comeback


England fast bowler James Anderson may have been ruled out of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, his favourite ground, but is hoping to be back in action in time for the fifth match at The Oval in three weeks.

Anderson was ruled out of the third Test when he pulled up with a side strain on day two, and will not play in Nottingham come Thursday, but the Lancashire man hopes he'll be ready come the trip to Surrey.

Anderson said on Friday night: "I'm not going to play the next game, unfortunately, but I'm hoping I can get myself fit for the Oval.

"It's a bit sore, I felt something on one of the deliveries yesterday and Stuart Broad, who's had experience of that sort of injury, said 'Don't bowl another ball and risk it'.

"I set off for another one and then thought, he's right. I've never had that sort of injury before. I felt a bit stiff, I just put it down to that and the next ball I could feel something so I came off.

"The last 24 hours has been talking to the medical team and trying to figure out if it is realistic (t play at The Oval). They were pretty happy with me this morning, checked me over and were happy it didn't look too serious, so that's what I'm aiming for."

The question now remains who will replace Anderson at Trent Bridge, with the prevailing theory that Mark Wood will return to the side dominating. If not him, then Chris Woakes and Mark Foottit are being mentioned.