England will be without their most experienced bowler for the remainder of the Ashes series after it was confirmed that James Anderson would take no part in the final two tests due to a calf injury. Anderson has been a huge presence for over a decade now when it comes to this particular rivalry between England and Australia, now they must look elsewhere if they’re to win back that little-urn.
With 149 tests and 575 wickets to his name, 37-year-old veteran Jimmy Anderson won’t be apart of England achieving Ashes glory if they do happen to go on and win the series. Anderson initially injured his calf in the first Ashes test at Edgbaston just four overs into his spell with the new ball. Since leaving the field, Anderson didn’t make a return with the ball but did come out to bat at No. 11 in both innings.
After some recovery time, Anderson made his way back through Lancashire’s 2nd XI which would hopefully lead to a recall ahead of the fourth test at Old Trafford. From all reports, it was all looking promising before encountering some pain in his calf while bowling against Durham’s 2nd XI. In many sports, calf injuries are also referred to as an “old mans injury” which fits the description on this occasion. It comes as a major blow for the hosts who have relied on Anderson’s new-ball prowess for a very long time now, his ability to nip the ball away and back into the batsmen generally results in early wickets.
England have called up Craig Overton to take Anderson’s place in the squad, it’s unlikely he’ll come into the XI though. With England’s bowling stalwart out of action, Jofra Archer’s role in the team becomes even more vital. Stuart Broad has been good without being great so far in the series, so it will be up to Archer to pack most of the punches for the remainder of the series. Claiming a six-wicket haul in just his second test of his career was a huge achievement in itself, now his eyes will be firmly focused on winning back the Ashes for his country.
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