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'It's all healed' - Anderson makes himself available for selection for Sri Lanka tour
Anderson hopeful of comeback

'It's all healed' - Anderson makes himself available for selection for Sri Lanka tour

James Anderson is hoping to return to England's Test side for the tour of Sri Lanka next month after resuming training following a rib injury that ruled him out of the final two Tests against South Africa.

Anderson took part in the first two matches against the Proteas and picked up his career's 28th five-wicket haul to set up England's 189-run win in the second Test at Cape Town.

The 37-year-old veteran's stint in South Africa was his first taste of cricket action in over five months since he endured a calf strain during the Ashes series in England.

"It's good, it's all healed," Anderson told Sky Sports as he targets the two-match series in the island nation.

"I've been training for a few weeks now, getting my bowling back up to speed. I feel really good."

"That's the aim [to be ready for Sri Lanka]. The aim for me is to get fit for whatever is next and at the moment that is Sri Lanka.

"With a broken bone you are just waiting for that to heal, you've not lost any fitness. It's about building my bowling back up now. We've got a month before that tour so we have to just wait and see what the selectors think."

England's last visit to Sri Lanka proved to be profitable for the tourists as they completed a 3-0 whitewash, though Anderson fared poorly, managing to pick up a solitary wicket in two games.

However, the recent injury blow to Jofra Archer and question marks over the availability of Mark Wood indicates the likelihood of Anderson's inclusion for the Sri Lanka series.

"If I'm fit I want to be playing for England, wherever that might be," he said.

"I showed in South Africa that I can still do it abroad. I think I've been unlucky in the last few months with injuries but I think my record before that has been pretty good injury-wise.

"I'm hoping I can keep fit as long as possible if I'm fit then I want to be playing wherever England are."

The squad for the Sri Lanka tour is expected to be announced soon with England most probably relying on a spin-heavy bowling attack to find success on the traditionally slow dusty tracks.