Anderson, Wood to attend specialist pace bowling camp in South Africa
In order to regain full fitness for Boxing Day Test, James Anderson and Mark Wood will be a part of the specialist pace bowling camp in South Africa.
Anderson bowled only four overs in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, before his calf problem aggravated. Since then, he has been out of action and continues to miss England’s two-match Test series in New Zealand.
On the other hand, Mark Wood had to miss out the Ashes summer after undergoing operation on his left knee, which was injured during the World Cup.
Wood and Anderson will be joined by Olly Stone, Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson in a camp which will run in Potchefstroom from 1 to 14 December. Wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow will be there in the camp as well, assisted by coach Jonathan Trott.
As part of revamped Lions winter programme, eight other players will attend a camp in Mumbai to work with specialist spin bowling and batting coaches between November 26 – December 17.
Will Jacks, James Bracey, Dan Lawrence, Keaton Jennings and Sam Hain will work with Surrey assistant head coach Vikram Solanki, while spinners Dom Bess, Mason Crane and Amar Virdi will work alongside Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson. Rangana Herath will also assist the spinners in the Mumbai camp.
ECB Performance Director Mo Bobat said: “The Individualised Programmes are a great opportunity for some of our best young cricketers to focus on specific areas of their game in unfamiliar and challenging conditions around the world.
“It’s a great example of how a strong and joined up pathway and county system can support Ed Smith’s succession planning whilst delivering better prepared players to Chris Silverwood and England.
“While these two camps have overall themes of pace and spin, each player in attendance will have a uniquely tailored training programme. Some of the players involved are in England’s immediate plans, while others will be working on areas that will benefit the national team’s medium- and long-term needs.
“We’re fortunate to be working with a number of high-quality coaches and support staff to help deliver this fresh approach to our programming, which is testament to the strong links we have with the counties.”