Fast bowler James Anderson out of second Ashes Test
England seamer James Anderson has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test with a calf injury. England’s best bowler in history bowled just four overs in Australia’s first innings in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
An MRI scan during the week confirmed a calf injury and that ruled Anderson out of Lord’s Test. The England seamer won’t be available for selection for the second Test, which starts from August 14. “The MRI confirmed that Anderson has suffered a calf injury,” said a statement from the England and Wales Cricket board on Tuesday.
Jofra Archer, The World Cup hero, is likely to replace James Anderson and make his Test debut at the Lord’s in the second Ashes Test. England skipper Joe Root defended his inclusion in the final XI.
“It was a group decision to select him,” Joe Root said. “He passed all the fitness tests. and it’s just one of those freak things that can happen in in cricket. It’s disappointing, but we’ve got to try and respond to that and make sure that we get things exactly how we want them at Lord’s.”