Cook, Anderson join England team
England Cricket Board sent the two players as stand-byes for the 1st Test at Nagpur.india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 17:07 IST
Batsman Alaster Cook and fast bowler James Anderson joined the injury-ridden England cricket teamon Monday.
England and Wales Cricket Board sent 21-year-old Cook and Anderson as stand-byes while Owais Shah, a replacement for vice-captain Marcus Trescothick, will reachNagpuron Tuesday.
Karachi-born Shah was a member of England 'A' squad which was currently touring the West Indies.
The visitors were facing a major fitness crisis with skipper Michael Vaughan ruled out for the first Test due to recurrence of soreness in his right knee, and Trescothick returning home because of some "personal reasons".
In the latest development, paceman Simon Jones was once again hit by injury as he fell down in his follow-through during net practiceon Mondaymorning.
Jones and spinner Shaun Udal, alongwith Vaughan, had missed the three-day first class match that ended in Vadodara on Saturday.
Paul Collingwood too had a back spasm during a warm-up match in Mumbai and Liam Plunkett bruised his left heel at Vadodara but both were said to have recovered.