James Anderson out of rest of the Ashes series, England call up Overton
England seamer James Anderson has been ruled out of the Ashes series with a calf injury. England’s most successful bowler has not bowled in the ongoing Ashes since breaking down with the calf injury after sending just four overs in Australia’s 251-run victory over the hosts in the first Test at Edgbaston.
The 37-year-old felt pain in the calf on Thursday during a four-day friendly for Lancashire second XI. It was expected that Anderson will return to the side for fourth Test which will be played at his home ground on 4 September.
James Anderson has been replaced by Craig Overton in England’s 13-man squad for the fourth Test at Old Trafford.The 25-year-old has taken seven wickets in three Tests at an average of 42.28. Overton made his Test debut in the 2017-18 Ashes in Australia. Most likely England will shuffle their batting order as well at Old Trafford by swapping opener Jason Roy and number four Joe Denly.
Squad for fourth Ashes Test: Joe Root (capt), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Denly, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes.