Veteran pacer James Anderson ruled out of Lords Test due to calf injury

England’s premier bowler James Anderson suffered from calf injury after bowling just overs in the opening Ashes Test played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. The 37-year old will undergo further examination in order to find out the extent of injury.

He has been ruled out of the next two Ashes Tests which means that World Cup star Jofra Archer will make his Test debut for England at Lords Cricket Ground. James Anderson is all set to go through rehabilitation programme in order to make sure he can play some part in the remainder of the Ashes series. The home side lost the first game of the series by 251 runs and will be keen to make a strong comeback when they take on Australia at Lords on 14th August.

England’s all-time leading wicket-taker was declared fit for the opening Test after clearing the fitness Test. He completed only four overs before complaining of discomfort in his right calf. He came out to bat for England in their first innings.

Before the Ashes series, he was suffered from a torn calf while playing for Lancashire in the English County Championship in July. He also missed the next two County Championship games for Lancashire. He also sat on sidelines during England’s one-off Test against Ireland played at Lords.

In first-class cricket, Jofra Archer has played three seasons for Sussex and claimed 131 wickets in 28 matches at an average of 23.44. He also five wickets hauls on five occasions and also picked ten wicket haul on one occasion.

The third Ashes Test will be played at Headingley Cricket Grounds in Leeds from 22nd August. The fourth game of the series will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester on 4th September. The fifth and final Ashes Test will be played at The Oval from 12th September.