London, June 13: England's pace-bowling spearhead James Anderson is all set to spring off the bench and retake his place in the home squad against Sri Lanka for the third Test.
Anderson claims that he is feeling fit and ready to throw down the gauntlet to the Lankan batsmen after supposedly recovering from a Grade 1 side strain. He was due to prove his fitness during Lancashire's Twenty20 fixture against Worcestershire on Sunday, but the match was called off due to incessant rain.
"Getting my four overs of action would have helped that bit more, but unfortunately it's not to be," Anderson a leading news service "I'd quite like to get the overs under my belt because a match situation's very different to bowling in the nets."
Anderson bowled a total of 28 overs in the first innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Cardiff, dismissing premier batsmen in Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera. He then batted as nightwatchman in England's first innings, but sat out the rest of match which England went on to win, due to his injury.
"It was a very minor [strain]. I think it was more precautionary and if I'd carried on bowling in the Cardiff game it could have got a lot worse."
Anderson pointed out that there is still room for improvement where the English bowling is concerned.
"We didn't bowl as well as we'd have liked over the last five days, but certainly over the last couple of years we've been fantastic with the ball so it's just about getting back to what's made us so successful in the last couple of years."
Anderson has taken the place of Surrey's uncapped Jade Dernbach in England's squad for the third Test and appears ready to pick up his role as leader of the bowling attack at the cost of either Steven Finn or Stuart Broad.
"He [Anderson] bowled extremely well at Cardiff and is a fine, top-class bowler," national selector Geoff Miller told a radio service. "You always miss quality bowlers. But it is not just about one individual, it's about a squad of bowlers and people coming into the side for injuries.