Big doubts are hanging on the England’s leading wicket taker and veteran James Anderson for the upcoming Ashes series as he suffered calf muscle tear on July 2.
England and Wales Cricket Board on July 7 confirmed that James Anderson suffered a low grade calf muscle tear playing for Lancashire against Durham on July 2.
Anderson, who turns 37 this month, will miss Lancashire’s next two County Championship matches and be reassessed ahead of England’s maiden Test match against Ireland at Lord’s from July 24, with the first Ashes Test to start at Edgbaston on August 1.
Should Anderson be ruled out of the first Ashes Test it would be a huge blow to the hosts looking to regain the urn they lost 4-0 in Australia in 2017-18.
Anderson was set to spearhead the pace attack alongside long-term partner in crime Stuart Broad, with Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Mark Wood and uncapped speedster Jofra Archer the likely options as the third seamer.
If Anderson fails to get up for the historic clash against Ireland he will not have played a competitive match in the month leading into the opening Ashes Test at the venue where the two nations meet this week in a World Cup semi-final.
The 148 Test veteran, who has captured 575 Test wickets – the most by a fast bowler in Test history – played in just three Tests in the 2015 Ashes series, which England won 3-2.
In that series four years ago, Anderson suffered a side injury in the third Test at Edgbaston and was ruled out of the remainder of the series.
But in the 41 Tests he’s played since the last Ashes on UK soil, he has taken 162 wickets at 20.71.
Before he injured his calf the right-armer had been tearing up Division Two of the County Championship.
In six first-class matches this season he has captured 30 wickets at just 9.36 runs apiece, taking a wicket every 32 deliveries.