Thursday, 29 September 2016

Jake Ball to replace injured James Anderson on Bangladesh Tour

The late England injury news is that James Anderson will miss the Bangladesh tour with a shoulder injury. The ODI Squad flies out to Dhaka today and the announcement is likely to be that Jake Ball will now stay on after the three ODI matches and replace Anderson. Also in the last few minutes it has also been confirmed that Mark Wood's ankle injury that has been an ongoing problem all season has returned to also rule him out of the tour, very disappointing news indeed. Steven Finn is expected to replace Mark in the ODI squad and there is a possibility another bowler will be picked to be an addition to the Test squad 

The recurring injury has always been a worry to Jimmy who is now aged 34. It is certainly no secret that the England management along with the player have been monitoring his work load very carefully as they attempt to lengthen his career. Clearly the England Test fixture list cannot be sustained by the player to a maximum of 100% attendance any longer.  

The revised Test Squad without Anderson and Ball now included is Captain Cook Ali Ansari Bairstow Ball Ballance Batty Broad Buttler Duckett Finn Hameed Rashid Root Stokes Woakes Wood

No Change to the ODI Squad Captain Buttler Ali Bairstow Ball Billings Dawson Duckett Plunkett Rashid Roy Stokes Vince Willey Woakes Wood/Finn

Fixtures are as follows Times are in BST 

7th Oct 1st ODI Dhaka 8am

9th Oct 2nd ODI Dhaka 8am

12th Oct 3rd ODI Chittagong 8am

20-24th Oct 1st Test Chittagong 4.30am

28th - 1st Nov 2nd Test Dhaka 4.30am

Most of the Test squad will then fly straight to India for the 1st Test of five Test which are being played virtually back to back starting on Nov 9th. It is anticipated but not confirmed that Anderson will join the touring party in time for the 1st Test in Rajkot. It is however more doubtful that Mark Wood will be fit by Nov 9th, it is hoped that he may be able to join later, too early to forecast unfortunately.

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