• SA host England bowlers before Tests

    England Fast bowlers James Anderson and Mark Wood’s recovery from injury will continue in South Africa next month.

    Anderson has been sidelined from international cricket by a calf injury, while Wood is nursing a side strain. Both are pursuing full fitness ahead of England’s Test tour of South Africa later this year.

    The pair, alongside, England teammates Olly Stone, Craig Overton and others will attend an England and Wales Cricket Board pace-bowling camp in Potchefstroom from 1 to 14 December. The ECB, too, will run a spin-bowling camp in Mumbai concurrently.

    ‘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,’ said ECB performance director Mo Bobat.

    ‘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.’

    The Proteas and England will play four Tests. The series opener will start at SuperSport Park in Centurion on 26 December.

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