The Ashes: James Anderson doubts England’s first Test against Australia

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The Ashes: James Anderson doubts England’s first Test against Australia


England’s James Anderson trained normally in the tourists’ last major training session 48 hours before the game, but reports suggest he suffered a calf injury which will rule him out of the first Ashes Test at Gabba , which starts wednesday

Last update: 06/12/21 11:58 PM

James Anderson set to miss first test due to injury

James Anderson, the record holder for England wickets, is expected to miss the Ashes’ opener in Brisbane.

The 39-year-old crimper was hired to lead the attack against Australia at The Gabba on Wednesday and trained normally in the tourists’ last major training session 48 hours before the game.

But a report in The cricketer suggests that Anderson suffered a minor calf problem that will see him miss the first test.

The PA news agency understands the decision has been made to leave him out of the squad, with a view to having
it is available as the series switches to a day / night competition in Adelaide.

It wouldn’t be surprising if England have acted cautiously about Anderson’s physical form. He had just recovered from a previous and more serious calf injury during the 2019 Home Ashes, but broke down with a recurrence on the first morning.

He left England down for the remainder of the game and played no other role in the series, which was drawn 2-2 as Australia retained the ballot box.

With bad weather forecast for the next few days and Anderson seen as crucial for the second test – where the pink Kookaburra is expected to swing into the spotlight – all signs were to pull it out as soon as there were concerns.

As England lose class, control and the small business of the 632 Test Wickets in Anderson’s absence, the presence of Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad means England has no shortage of experienced attacking leaders. .

Broad is currently coming back from a calf injury and will have to convince England that he is not a fitness risk, but Woakes now looks likely to play as a bankable all-round option that toughens the lower order.

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