England’s James Anderson Ruled out from Fourth Ashes Due to Calf Injury
English star bowler James Anderson ruled out from the rest of the Ashes series due to a calf injury, in a blow to hopes of winning the series against Australia. James Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taking and top-ranked player, has not played in the series since breaking the injury after handing out just four overs in Australia’s 251-runs win in the first Test at Edgbaston.
The 37-year-old Lancashire pacemaker had tried to get fit for the fourth ashes on his Old Trafford field starting On Wednesday. But after bowling during a second match XI against Durham this week, he has been declared unfit for the last two tests of the series.
On the same day, Australia got some good news, with star batsman Steve Smith demonstrating his fitness by his batting in his first competitive game since suffering a concussion after being knocked down by fast-moving bowling player Jofra Archer in the Second ashes test.
English star James Anderson has discarded from the rest of the Ashes series with a calf injury.
Smith, stood in the ground for 47 minutes in Australia’s three-day match against Derbyshire, faced 38 balls and hit two fours on his way to a total of 23 before he caught. It is not a grand entrance, but a moral stimulus for tourists.
England will travel to Manchester all at a distance of 1-1 in the five-match competition after Ben Stokes’ impressive 135 failed to win a spectacular victory in the third Test at Headingley last week.
England-Wales Cricket Board Statement
England and Lancashire sailor James Anderson has discarded by the rest of the Specsavers Ashes series.
While playing in the ninth inning on Thursday in Lancashire’s second friendly XI four-day against Durham at Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club, Anderson noticed the pain in his right calf after 20 overs he had bowled on Tuesday.
He immediately sought a medical evaluation of Lancashire and was removed from the rest of the game.
“An additional review with the ECB’s medical team has confirmed that it will not be available for the remaining two Specsavers ash tests.”
Top of the rapids
James Anderson has taken 575 wickets in 149 Tests Matches with an average 26.94. His account is the highest by any fast bowler, with Anderson fourth on the list of all significant wicket-takers test.
And their new-ball partnership with Stuart Broad is the most successful in testing between two fast-bowling players: they have taken more than 850 wickets in games together.
Anderson may have made his last appearance at Ashes as he will be 39 when England travelled around Australia in 2021/22.
And it’s possible that his Race run is over, although the chance of becoming the first fast-bowling player at 600 wickets in the format may prompt him to return on the upcoming Tour of England in New Zealand and South Africa.
England has now added the fast-growing Craig Overton of Somerset to a 13-man team for the fourth Ashes Test Match.
Overton appeared in three tests, back in the team for the first time since 2018 when James Anderson played in England’s loss to New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland.
In eight County Championship games this season, the 25-year-old has taken 32 wickets with an average of 21.34.
England also has another bowling option in Surrey’s left goalkeeper Sam Curran, who has retained his place on the team after not appearing in the XI at Headingley.
Overton and Curran will likely be vying for the role of a fourth pacemaker alongside Chris Woakes in an attack in England where Broad has taken 14 wickets in 25.35 so far in this series.
But the appearance of the fast-bowling player and World Cup-winning star Archer has added a new dimension to England’s bowling in Test.
Meanwhile, pacemaker Stokes’ willingness, in his own words, to make “hard yards” makes the all-rounder, England’s vice-captain, a key man with bat and ball for Captain Joe Root.
Despite expelled for only 67, their lowest ash total in 71 years, in the first entry into Headingley, England retained the same set of specialist hitters, although they could still rearrange their higher order.