After fears that England would be deprived the services of their premier frontline pace bowler James Anderson, for the upcoming Ashes Test at Melbourne, the speedster looks fit and good to go. He has passified fears of his possibly dropping out of the side with a side strain, when he put in an extra energetic session in the nets on Friday, Dec 24. With just two days to go for the start of the crucial fourth Ashes Test, Anderson is eager to join in the attack against the Aussies.
Following England's poor showing in the last Test at Perth, changes in the side were on the cards. Steven Finn who had taken the most wickets in the series thus far, had a dissatisfying last outing going for nearly 5 runs an over. It looked like the 21-year-old would be axed from the side in favour of Ajmal Shahzad who has the ability to reverse swing the old ball. But the management has decided against a modification and if Anderson's fitnesss holds up till Sunday, it could mean that England will be going into the next encounter with an unchanged side.
The visiting team had its heart in its mouth when Anderson pulled up sore with a side strain shortly after the Perth match. It was possible that his preparation for the clash was far from ideal given that he had just arrived back from flying to England for the birth of his second child. But he appeared on local television on Tuesday, saying he was feeling "reasonably good".
With Chris Tremlett solidifying his place in the side after taking 8 wickets in the WACA Test, England look set to take on the Aussie batting at Melbourne. The deciding factor in the make-up of England's team will be the nature of the pitch, which is expected to be slow and low, a far cry from the fiery conditions that greeted bowlers on both sides at the WACA.