James Anderson remains positive that he can recover from his shoulder injury to be fit for the second Test Match against India this week.
Anderson joined the England squad in Rajkot on Tuesday after completing his training in Loughborough.
Speaking to Sky Sports he said, “I had a good week at Loughborough, getting some overs under my belt and hopefully I can keep that going this week and make sure I’m fit as I possibly can be, and maybe fit for the second test.
“I did a good amount last week, I got 30 overs in, in the week, and this week is about carrying that on and upping the intensity a little bit.
The second Test of the five match series starts on November 17 at Visakhapatnam.
Anderson suffered a stress fracture of his right shoulder blade and has not played since the last Test Match against Pakistan at the Kia Oval in August.
“At the tender age of 34,” he joked, “I’ve got enough experience to be able to get back into match mode quite quickly.
“It’s obviously not always easy without having any games under your belt, but I think I’m able to do that.”
England expected to have to wait longer to regain their all-time leading wicket taker in Test Match cricket.
Anderson said, “At first we thought maybe fourth Test was a possibility, but the way I’ve progressed in the last two or three weeks has been positive, and I’m hopeful I can continue that and get used to the heat quite quickly.”
The game in Rajkot marks Stuart Broad’s 100th Test Match, with fellow opening bowler Anderson saying, “We’ve created a great friendship and I’m delighted I could be here.”
“I thought I was going to miss it with the injury, but it’s great that I could make it out here in time and what an amazing achievement, he’s been a fantastic bowler for years and I’ve been fortunate enough to play in the majority of his hundred Tests.”