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Anderson injury scare for England

England's all-time leading wicket-taker goes down in the County Championship

England suffered an injury scare on Friday when Test spearhead James Anderson left the field with a groin injury on day one of Lancashire’s four-day clash with Yorkshire.

The extent of the injury is still unknown but the 34-year-old did not take the field on the morning of day two at Old Trafford.

Lancashire coach Glen Chapple confirmed after play one day one it was Anderson’s groin that forced him from the playing arena midway through his sixth over.

"Jimmy's got a tight groin," Chapple told BBC radio. "He felt some pain and came off with it.

"He's had ice on it all afternoon and he will be assessed in the morning. Fingers crossed he won't be feeling it, but we'll have to see.

"He walked off all right, but we'll see how he is. If he's still feeling it, he will probably need a scan."

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Having already taken the wicket of Yorkshire opener Alex Lees, Anderson collapsed to the ground in pain after bowling five and half overs.

The groin trouble is Anderson’s fourth injury in the past two years with abdominal and shoulder problems the major issues.

Fortunately for Anderson, England’s first Test of the season is still seven weeks away when the Three Lions face South Africa in July.

England play seven Tests in nine weeks – a gruelling stretch of cricket that will undoubtedly test Anderson and England’s fast bowling stocks as the Ashes looms on the horizon 

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