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James Anderson could have played in the
Boxing Day Test against South Africa but
the England management was unwilling to
risk exacerbating his injury, according to
Anderson was ruled out of the series opener
in Durban due to a calf strain although it is
hoped England s leading wicket-taker will
be fit for the second match in Cape Town
on January 2.
Broad, who will lead the attack in the Lan-
castrian s absence, feels Anderson may have
featured had the forthcoming encounter been
a series decider, but England s impressive
back-up options meant it was a chance not
Warwickshire s Chris Woakes is in line to
replace Anderson, having impressed with his
pace and control in the early stages of the
Broad, wearing a Santa hat, told a press
conference: "Of course it s disappointing
when you lose the spearhead of your attack
but I think rather than it being a serious
ruled-out-of-the-series-type of thing, it s
just a slight niggle and the management have
decided that it really wasn t worth the risk
in the first Test match of the series.
"We do know it s a four-Test match series
and we want him to play a part in this, and
we ve got such depth in the squad there s
not the need to take such a risk on him.
"If you speak to him I think he felt like
he could have played here but there s just
something that feels slightly off with it so
the management are just in not in a position
at the minute that they want to take a huge
risk on him.
"It could have been a different story if it
was the last Test of a series."
England batsman Joe Root was the only
other absentee from training at Kingsmead
due to an upset stomach.
It is not thought to be a serious issue and
there are no concerns about his participation
in the Test.
ISLAMABAD---Pakistan s ODI captain
Azhar Ali and opening batsman Mohammad
Hafeez have refused to join a training camp
after Mohammad Amir, who served a ban
for spot fixing, was included, local media
Geo News says both Ali and Hafeez acted
after the Pakistan Cricket Board selected
Amir for the camp for next month s limited
overs series against New Zealand.
Ali told Geo TV that he will not join the
training camp as long as Amir is there, but
he is willing to talk to PCB management
about the issue.
Hafeez also did not report to the camp
and was the first to speak against Amir s
recall when he refused to play alongside him
for Chittagong Vikings in Bangladesh s Twen-
The PCB included Amir among the 26
selected for the camp after the left-arm fast
bowler completed his rehabilitation program,
having served a five-year ban for bowling
deliberate no-balls during a test match against
England in 2010.
Amir s rehabilitation program included
lectures to junior players against corruption
and sessions with a psychologist.
Amir forced the PCB to consider him for
national selection with his impressive form
in the Bangladesh domestic T20 league,
claiming 14 wickets in nine matches.
"Amir has been called to the fitness camp
which will enable him to bond with national
players," the PCB had said in a statement on
England head coach Trevor Bayliss has
promised Stuart Broad his limited-overs
career is not over, despite leaving him out of
the one-day leg in the South Africa tour.
Broad has not played white ball cricket since
the World Cup, with Bayliss encouraging greater
separation between the formats and blooding
a handful of younger players in the shorter
That policy has proved a great success thus
far and Broad has again been overlooked for
the five one-day internationals and two Twen-
ty20s against the Proteas.
But Bayliss insists the 29-year-old, who
captained England at the 2014 World T20 and
harbours hopes of appearing in the same tour-
nament next year, is still under consideration.
"I think going forward we will need some
experience in the team; Broady certainly wants
to play and the selectors certainly want him
to be available for selection," said the Aus-
"On this occasion it was one of those things---
let s give these other guys a bit more of an
opportunity. Stuart s always there in the back-
ground with some big tournaments coming
up in the next year or two and I m sure he ll
play more ODI cricket for England.
"I m sure he ll be spoken about but we did
pick this squad sort of thinking these guys
have done well for us over the last little bit,
let s stick with them a little bit longer and see
which ones make a real go of it.
"I think the selectors thought they are getting
together some good combinations and to give
some of these guys a bit more of an oppor-
That means the seam places go to Steven
Finn, fit again after missing the recent Pakistan
series, Chris Jordan, Reece Topley, Chris Woakes
and David Willey.
Liam Plunkett is a notable absentee after
impressing in the recent T20s against Pakistan
and, having also been axed from the Test squad
in South Africa, he must wonder about his
At 30 the Yorkshire paceman may see another
Lions tour to the United Arab Emirates as an
unwanted backward step, but the selectors
deemed him dispensable with Ben Stokes fully
fit after his recent shoulder injury.
"Someone s obviously got to miss out unfor-
tunately and on this occasion (it is) Liam," said
"He came very close to selection. It was a
long chat along those lines. The good thing
with success is that there are a lot of guys put-
ting their hand up and wanting to be in this
team, and Liam s very unlucky to miss out on
Sam Billings and James Vince have been
picked as T20 specialists in a 15-man squad
that could well be the one England take to the
World T20 in India next March.
Jonny Bairstow and James Taylor make way
from the 50-over party.
South Africa seamer Morne
Morkel is eager to see England s
James Anderson passed fit for
the Boxing Day Test for the
good of the series.
Anderson is a major doubt
for the tourists due to a calf com-
plaint that has been lingering
since the beginning of the trip.
If he does not make it, the 33-
year-old takes with him 110 Test
caps and a national-record 426
That would be a clear boost
to the Proteas prospects but,
having seen their own strike
bowler Dale Steyn come through
a fitness test after groin trouble,
the hosts appear keen to have
the very best players on show.
This series could conceivably
be the final time Steyn and
Anderson, two modern greats,
face off in Tests and as a lover
of fast bowling Morkel is keen
to see them do battle.
"He s their senior bowler, a
guy who leads from the front.
That s a big blow for the series
if he doesn t play," said Morkel.
"There s a lot of talk about
the bowling line-ups and the
spearheads...we just want the
best for this summer. If Jimmy
is fit, it s great for cricket. "I have
got a lot of respect for Jimmy.
His skill with the ball is quality.
That s why I really hope he is fit
to showcase that.
"Him and Dale, it would be
unbelievable to see those two
head to head."
South Africa batsman Temba
Bavuma shared those sentiments,
even though he expects condi-
tions in Durban to suit Ander-
son s style.
"You want to test yourself
against the best as we did in
India - we went there and were
tested against the best," he said.
"Here with the ball swinging
and nipping around, you also
wanted to be tested against the
While England may not rule
Anderson in or out until the very
last minute, Steyn looks to have
put his fitness concerns firmly
The 32-year-old missed the
team s last three Tests in India
but has been back at his fiery
best in the nets over the past 48
"Dale has got a bit of sideline
fever and he is ready to go,"
"He has really worked hard.
You can just see the venom he
has been bowling with in the
nets today and it s exciting.
There s been a lot said about him
on social media and off the field
and he will be ready to prove a
Captain Ali, opener Hafeez reject Amir's presence
Broad career not
over in ODIs
Anderson out of first Test
James Anderson...will be fit for second Test.
S Africa's Morkel relishing bowling battle
Morne Morkel, left and Dean Elgar want to see James Anderson in
England squad for one-day internationals
and Twenty20s against South Africa:
E Morgan (Middlesex, capt), M Ali
(Worcestershire), J Bairstow*(Yorkshire), S
Billings** (Kent), J Buttler (Lancashire), S Finn
(Middlesex), A Hales (Nottinghamshire), C
Jordan (Sussex), A Rashid (Yorkshire), J Root
(Yorkshire), J Roy (Surrey), B Stokes (Durham),
J Taylor*(Nottinghamshire), R Topley
(Hampshire), D Willey (Yorkshire), D Woakes
(Warwickshire), J Vince** (Hampshire).
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