Anderson Ruled Out of 2nd Ashes due to Calf Injury
The 37-years-old bowler left the field on the first morning of the first Test against Australia at Edgbaston after bowling four overs due to stiffness in his right calf.
After two MRI scans, it reveals that the calf, the same one that tore against Durham in a Lancashire County Championship match on 2 July, has been further damaged.
Now he will miss the next meeting that begins at Lord’s on Wednesday 14 August. And will begin his rehabilitation to participate in the last three matches.
Without his great fast-going bowling player of all time, England lacked the staff and had no idea against twin centurion Steven Smith. And especially the rest of Australia’s batting lineup on the fourth day when tourists achieved a convincing 251runs to go up 1-0 in the five-match series. Anderson batted in both inns, but could only limp between the wickets.
Jofra Archer to Replace Anderson
Anderson’s replacement is likely to be Jofra Archer. The 24-year-old was around the team during the first Test and spent time on the field as a sub-rower. A lateral tension meant he was not chosen for the match, but returned to competitive cricket after the World Cup final with Sussex Sharks against Surrey (26 July) and Kent (2 August).
However, Archer has not played any top-notch cricket in 2019. To catch him up as quickly as possible, he will play a red-ball match for Sussex 2nd XI against Warwickshire. The match which will take place on 6-8 August.
Olly Stone, who made his debut in the test against Ireland and got three of 29 in the first innings, is another candidate to replace Anderson. Also expects that the all-terrain of Surrey’s left arm, Sam Curran replace him. Although there is a good chance that he will take Joe Denly’s place to give England more options with the ball. Especially considering how Smith turned off each point of Attack.