Eng upbeat on Jimmy
England are increasingly confident spearhead fast bowler James Anderson will be fit to face India in the fourth and final Test at The Oval starting here on Thursday.
The Lancashire swing specialist bowled for some 30 minutes in the nets at the south London ground on Wednesday, having sat out training on Tuesday with a "minor" thigh injury.
England took the precaution of calling-up Durham seamer Graham Onions, who hasn't played international cricket for over a year, as cover.
But Wednesday saw Anderson bowling at close to full pace and he also took part in a brief stint of sprint training.
England captain Andrew Strauss, aiming to lead his side to a 4-0 series clean sweep, was buoyed by Anderson's progress, saying: "He seems fine.
"Like all these things it was a niggle and we'll have to wait and see how he is, but
we're very comforted by how he came through today [Wednesday].
"I think he should be ok."
Onions has not played for England since January 2010 because of a career-threatening back injury and Strauss said: "It's great to see Onions back in the squad.
"He played a very significant part in the 2009 Ashes win and we all have high regard for him as a bowler.
"With him and Steven Finn, there is definitely strength in depth."
England's crushing innings and 242-run victory last time out at Edgbaston left them an unbeatable 3-0 up in this four-match series and took them to the top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings.