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Anderson on course to play in second England Test

England seamer James Anderson is on track to play in the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Anderson was ruled out of the series opener in Durban due to a calf strain that has been troubling him since the start of the trip.

Anderson is set to play in the second Test in Cape Town. Credit: PA

But England have been easing their record wicket-taker back into action over the course of the past week, with Anderson sending down regular spells in the nets.

On Wednesday morning the 32-year-old sent down the equivalent of six overs in the middle, watched by bowling coach Ottis Gibson, and got through the session without any concerns.

England fly to Cape Town on Thursday, with the Test starting on January 2.

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England rally after poor start against South Africa in Boxing Day Test

Nick Compton and James Taylor came together to lift England after a difficult start to the Boxing Day Test against South Africa.

The tourists had been 12 for two and 49 for three after being asked to bat on a rain-affected morning at Kingsmead, Dale Steyn dismissing both openers and Dane Piedt pinning Joe Root lbw with his first delivery.

But Durban-born Compton, returning to Test cricket after two-and-a-half years in the cold, offered a steady hand at number three as he and Taylor took the score to 121 for three at tea.

England bowler Anderson ruled out of first Test against South Africa

Andeson will play no part in the test that begins on Boxing Day. Credit: PA

James Anderson has been ruled out of the Boxing Day Test against South Africa with a calf strain.

Anderson underwent scans on a tight right calf muscle on Tuesday morning and they have confirmed he is not fit to feature in the series opener.

England hope their leading Test wicket-taker will be fit for the second match in Cape Town on January 2 but there are no guarantees.

England batsmen shine in one-day win against Hong Kong

Moeen Ali. Credit: PA

Moeen Ali returned to form as England inflicted a 169-run defeat on Hong Kong in their one-day warm-up match in Abu Dhabi.

There were heartening runs for all the right people as Eoin Morgan's team, batting first by prior arrangement, began their limited-overs campaign here by setting their associate opponents 342 for eight.

Then after David Willey (four for 43) struck twice with the new ball to see off both Hong Kong openers, the team ranked 15th in the world - to England's sixth - were unable to launch a credible chase.

There was nonetheless some fine batting from Babar Hayat (78) in an eventual total of 173 all out in 43 overs.

Moeen (71), Alex Hales (64) and Jos Buttler (38) all needed confidence-boosting runs after their various recent travails - and it was a case of mission accomplished for each of them.

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England bowler Wood to miss Pakistan ODI series with injury

Wood will fly back to the UK. Credit: PA

England bowler Mark Wood will miss the one-day international and Twenty20 series against Pakistan after returning home for treatment on his left ankle.

The Durham paceman missed the third and final Test in the United Arab Emirates, which England lost by 127 runs as Pakistan took the series 2-0.

He will now visit a specialist back in England and has been replaced in the limited-overs squads by Yorkshire's Liam Plunkett.

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