Jones injury may give chance to Anderson in Pakistan tour
Thursday 06 October 2005
The Glamorgan bowler was ruled out of the trip after failing to recover from an injury to his right ankle in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in August.
With Chris Tremlett also undergoing treatment for a knee injury England may yet choose to call up another bowler as cover despite initially naming a 17-man squad for the tour.
"We will address a replacement when we have the medical reports of all the players, which will take place next week," said Graveney. "But it could enable someone to step up and get a chance.
"We are waiting to see about Chris. Peter Gregory [the England and Wales Cricket Board chief medical officer] will give selectors an indication. There are concerns about Chris but he is pretty confident and we hope he gets through his fitness test."
Durham's young pace bowler Liam Plunkett was a surprise inclusion in the one-day international squad but is only 20 and has limited first-class experience.
The former England coach David Lloyd tipped the Lancashire seamer James Anderson to be the player to take advantage of Jones' absence.
The Pakistan Cricket Board insists security for England's visit will be "air-tight". The PCB's director of board operations ,Abbas Zaidi, has held meetings with government officials ahead of England's arrival on 26 October. "We don't foresee any problems with the security arrangements for the visitors," he said.
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