Anderson not coming to make up numbers - Cook


England captain Alastair Cook insists returning fast bowler James Anderson is not flying out for their Test series with India to make up the numbers.

Anderson, who is sixth on the list of all-time leading Test wicket takers with 463, is to join up with the squad for the five-match series as he recovers from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him since August.

The seamer's return comes too late for the first Test in Rajkot, which starts on Wednesday, but he could feature in the second contest in Visakhapatnam, beginning on November 17.

"It's great news," said Cook.

"He's worked incredibly hard to get back. Speaking to the guys at Loughborough and speaking to him, there's no more he can do there really.

"He's got the all-clear and he's coming out to acclimatise and get some overs in the nets - that's the best preparation for him.

"He's put the effort in and rather than take the easy option and come back in July he wants to make a difference this series.

"We have to see him but chatting to him yesterday the second Test is a good possibility.

"If there's one person who can do it then it's Jimmy. He's well aware of that challenge. He's come back so much quicker than we thought. He's up for this. He's not coming here to make up the numbers."

Head coach Trevor Bayliss added: "He's been around for a while and when you've played as much as he has it doesn't take much to get back into the swing of things. 

"When you get anyone with his experience and number of international wickets coming along it has to be a bonus for the team, not just for his performance on the field but his experience off the ground as well, talking to the young players."