Anderson and Swann confident Prior and Pietersen will be fit for first Ashes Test

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“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”

England pace bowler James Anderson and off-spinner Graeme Swann have both announced that they are confident vice-captain and wicketkeeper Matt Prior and flamboyant batsman Kevin Pietersen will be fit in time for the first Ashes Test, which gets underway on November 21 in Brisbane.

Prior recently had scans on his left calf after pulling up short when taking a quick single in England’s warm-up match against Australia A in Hobart.

Meanwhile, Pietersen flew to Melbourne to have a cortisone injection and undergo scans on his right knee after he complained of pain during the same match.

“I think Kevin’s going to be fit for the game on Wednesday, which is good news,” Anderson told Sky Sports 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.”

“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 was equally as positive about Pietersen and Prior bouncing back from their injuries.

“There were some very slight concerns last night but we woke up to very good news this morning,” Swann said. “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.”

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