Anderson returns to England fold but faces T20 fitness test

Jimmy Anderson will be named tomorrow in England's squad for the third Test. He is expected to have recovered from the mild side strain he sustained in the first match of the series against Sri Lanka in Cardiff which forced him to miss the second at Lord's.

Although he appears in good heart and has been hinting at a full recovery in Twitter messages, Anderson will have a fitness test in the form of a Twenty20 game for Lancashire at Worcester tomorrow. Four overs might not stretch him to the limit but he will know if he feels a twinge.

Anderson's brand of clever fast bowling was missed by England at Lord's. On such a flat pitch it might not have turned events irrevocably England's way but his relentless accuracy and ability to obtain reverse-swing would certainly have helped.

His inclusion apart, there will be no more changes in the squad unless the selectors were to take the option of giving an uncapped player experience of being in the dressing room for a couple of days before the inaugural Test match at the Rose Bowl. Desirable though that may be, it is unlikely with a full programme of Twenty20 throughout the week.

Sri Lanka are accustomed to new grounds having played at two new venues in the recent World Cup. The tourists have had a hard time of it lately, though enjoyed themselves on the opening day against Essex.

Without their captain, Tillakaratne Dilshan who has a broken thumb and is expected to be unfit for the Test, their innings was opened by Lahiru Thirimanne, a 21-year-old who has already played three one-day internationals.

He responded to his side's needs by scoring 104 from 174 balls before retiring out. There was better form too for Kumar Sangakkara, with whom Thirimanne shared a second-wicket partnership of 152.

In Dilshan's absence, the Sri Lankans were captained by Thilan Samaraweera. But the job for the Test is likely to revert to Sangakkara, who filled in when Dilshan was off the field at Lord's, and has vast experience in the job.

Two days after being selected in the tourists' squad for the one-day series which begins on 28 June (apparently at the behest of the country's government) Sanath Jayasuriya has announced his retirement. He intends to play in the T20 match and the first ODI at the Oval before finally calling it a day at 42.

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss