New Zealand v England: Anderson ‘raring to go’ ahead of final Test

New Zealand v England: James Anderson says he is raring to go despite ankle and back niggles ahead of the final Test

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James Anderson is five wickets away from claiming his 300th Test scalp Photo: The Sport Review

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James Anderson says he expects to be fit and raring to go for Friday’s third and final Test against New Zealand in Auckland.

The England bowler appeared to be hampered by back and ankle problems during the drawn second Test in Wellington, but is confident he can shake off any niggles ahead of a must-win match.

“I think that after a few days off my body will be raring to go on Friday,” said Anderson.

“There are strains on the body through a Test series and through a winter. That’s just part and parcel of the job.

“It’s a difficult one to balance. You always have niggles as a bowler, so it’s just finding ways of getting through it and the physios have been great.”

Anderson, who is just five wickets short of becoming the fourth England bowler to take 300 Test scalps, believes victory in Auckland would round off a successful winter for the tourists, who have lost just one series across all formats.

“I don’t think ‘fresh’ is the word but when you’ve got just one Test left, you always manage to find something a little bit extra in the tank – knowing we have got a few weeks off when we get home,” he added.

“If we did manage to come away with a win, it would be a fantastic winter for English cricket throughout all forms of the game.”

Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the final Test with a knee injury and faces up to eight weeks on the sidelines, meaning he will miss the Indian Premier League season.

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