The Ashes: James Anderson terms Joe Root as 'amazing' ahead of Old Trafford Test

The England fast bowler was also hopeful that Kevin Pietersen would recover from a strain to be fit for the Old Trafford Test which starts on August 1.

updated: July 24, 2013 18:38 IST
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London: England fast bowler James Anderson said on Tuesday the team were optimistic Kevin Pietersen would be fit for next week's third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

Pietersen, arguably England's most talented batsman, was off the field when the side completed a 347-run win over Australia in the second Test at Lord's on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. (Also read: Shane Watson dropped from tour match vs Sussex squad)

The South Africa-born shotmaker tweeted on Monday he was "stuck on a sofa tightly fastened to an ice machine" in a bid to be ready to play at Manchester's Old Trafford where the third Test starts on August 1.

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