Ashes: Anderson to miss next two matches
England have been dealt with a colossal blow to their bowling brigade as veteran James Anderson sustained an injury and to make things worse, he is set to be ruled out of the upcoming two Test matches.
The experienced campaigner left the field for scans on the first day of the Ashes opener after ‘tight calf’ and now it is reported that he won’t turn up for the next two fixtures.
The 37-year-old pacer picked up tightness in his right calf after bowling just 4 overs during the morning session of the first Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday.
The veteran underwent a training session on the outfield before the start of play on Day two.
Nonetheless, as per a report in Evening Standard, Anderson will not swing his arms at Lord’s and Headingley in the second and third Test respectively.
Anderson, who has bagged 575 Test wickets to his name, which is the most for a pacer in Test cricket is expected to make a rebound for the fourth Test match which starts on September 4, Manchester.
👀 England's James Anderson, who only bowled four overs yesterday due to a calf injury, underwent a training session on the outfield this morning.
— ICC (@ICC) August 2, 2019
Anderson’s partner-in-crime, Stuart Broad, said that Jimmy was “down” and “frustrated” after walking off the field on day one of the first Ashes Test against Australia.
“He is down, he’s frustrated … he is distraught he couldn’t be out there today. He feels like he’s let the bowling group down but he hasn’t. Niggles are a part of fast bowling, but he’s down in the dumps as you’d expect,” Broad, who picked 5/86 said after the end of Day 1.
“He actually came and said sorry to all the bowlers. Not that he’s got anything to be sorry for, but he’s just – he’s distraught he couldn’t be out there today,” he said.
“I don’t know what the next steps are, the scan could show it’s not much and he could be able to bowl in the second innings or it could show something and it’s a couple of weeks,” Broad added.