It's official: Anderson won't bowl again in Edgbaston Test
England provide an injury update on their star fast bowler ahead of day four of the first Test
Andrew Ramsey at Edgbaston
4 August 2019, 07:24 PM AEST
England will be without their strike bowler and all-time leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson for the remainder of the Ashes series opener at Edgbaston, and his role in the rest of the series is clouded.
England medical staff ruled out their star seamer from bowling again in the first Test shortly before play resumed in day four because of the ongoing problems he is experiencing with his right calf. He will bat if required in England's second innings.
The 37-year-old missed last month's one-off Test against Ireland as a result of a calf problem, and was able to complete only four overs on the opening day of the Ashes campaign against Australia before leaving the field.
He underwent scans on Thursday, but when they proved inconclusive it was hoped that the soreness he felt was simply part of the recovery process from the earlier injury.
Anderson bowled a few deliveries during Saturday morning's warm-up on the Edgbaston centre wicket, and did further bowling in the nets later in the morning while his teammates were batting.
It's understood that he felt little discomfort from the injured calf during those sessions, but pain returned when he batted briefly at the end of England's innings in which he scored three in 27 minutes at the crease.
He did not take the field when Australia began their second innings in the afternoon session, and his immediate playing future remains unknown.
However, with the tight turnaround before the second Ashes Test begins at Lord's on August 14 he will have limited opportunities to prove his fitness and show that he can get through repeated bowling spells.
With fellow quick Mark Wood already ruled out of the Ashes campaign due to knee surgery, England selectors will be paying keen attention to World Cup hero Jofra Archer as he steps up his red-ball workloads.
Archer, who was named in England's 14-man Ashes squad despite having suffered a side strain during England's World Cup triumph, is scheduled to play for a Sussex second XI against Gloucestershire at Blackstone starting on Tuesday.
Anderson, who turned 37 last week, has 575 Test wickets from a Test career stretching back to 2003, and only spin bowlers Muthiah Muralidaran (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619) have been more successful.
2019 Qantas Ashes Tour of England
Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.
England squad: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.
Tour match: Australians v Worcestershire, August 7-9
Second Test: August 14-18,Lord's
Third Test: August 22-26, Headingley
Tour match: Australians v Derbyshire, August 29-31
Fourth Test: September 4-8, Old Trafford
Fifth Test: September 12-16, The Oval