Tuesday 21 February 2017

Cook happy to risk Anderson

Cricket

Published 02/01/2016 | 02:30

England captain Alastair Cook. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
England captain Alastair Cook. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Alastair Cook admits that recalling James Anderson for the second Test against South Africa is a gamble for England.

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Anderson missed the win in Durban with a calf strain but is confident he is fit to line up at Newlands this morning.

South Africa saw their spearhead Dale Steyn break down in the first Test on his comeback and although Cook is wary of repeating that mistake, the temptation to unleash Anderson, at the expense of Chris Woakes, remains strong.

"The XI in Durban did a pretty good job, but when you've got Jimmy, if he's fit to go, then he'll play," said Cook. "Obviously there will be a bit of a risk about it."

Irish Independent

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