Ashes: James Anderson hopeful over fitness of England duo Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior

Last Updated: 10/11/13 3:46pm

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James Anderson: Confident Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior will be fit for the first Ashes Test

James Anderson: Confident Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior will be fit for the first Ashes Test

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England bowler James Anderson has played down concerns over the fitness of Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior ahead of the first Ashes Test.

Pietersen and Prior are to have scans on their right knee right and left calf respectively after suffering discomfort in the tour match against Australia A in Hobart.

Batsman Pietersen is to have a cortisone injection and didn't fly to Sydney with his teammates on Sunday, instead travelling to Melbourne for expert medical opinion.

The 33-year-old tweeted that he was feeling fine and Anderson is also positive about Pietersen's fitness ahead of this week's four-day warm-up match against a New South Wales XI.

Anderson told Sky Sports News: "I think Kevin's going to be fit for the game on Wednesday, which is good news.

"And Matt, I think it was a precaution he didn't keep in the last game, and we've got our fingers crossed he'll be fit for the first Test."

Anderson believes it is sensible practice for England not to take any undue risks with their players.

The paceman said: "It (managing injuries) is something the management do with all the players, they try and look after them and rest them when they need to and just take precautions when they need to.

"We've got a long five Tests ahead of us and we need Kevin for all of them if we can, so looking after them now is crucial."

Swann positive

England spinner Graeme Swann was in similarly positive mood about Pietersen and Prior.

He said: "There were some very slight concerns last night but we woke up to very good news this morning.

"Kev's had an injection and should be fit for Wednesday, and Matty Prior as well, he'll bounce back and be ready in a couple of days.

"Luckily it's happened to two of the fittest members of the squad.

"Even though they're two of the older guys, they're two of the guys who keep themselves in the best nick so they'll bounce back in no time."

Graeme Swann and James Anderson were speaking at a Yorkshire Tea event to launch the Ashes diary and announce their partnership with the Cricket Foundation.

Watch the Ashes live on Sky Sports this winter, beginning with the opening Test at the Gabba. Coverage begins at 11pm on Sky Sports 2 on 20 November.

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