On 6th August, 2019, England suffered a big setback James Anderson their star pacer got ruled out of the second Test of the Ashes series against Australia with an injury in the calf.
In the first test, Anderson bowled just four overs before leaving the field. Even though Anderson did bat in the match, he could not take further part in the field after Olly Stone and Jofra Archer took his place in the middle for much of the rest of the Test which England lost by 251 runs on Monday.
Anderson’s chance of playing the rest of the series is to be reassessed on an ongoing basis as per the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Joe Root, captain of England’s cricket team during the post-match presentation ceremony said that it was hard losing Jimmy early on but added that these things happen.
"Not sure (about his status), we have to wait on the scans. Have to see how (Archer) shapes up as well. We don't have to make any shot term decisions in terms of selection, its important we're clear on how we want to go” he added.
Last month while playing for Lancashire against Durham, England's all-time leading wicket-taker had torn his right calf and because of this he missed the match with Ireland.
On July 2 that was the day three of Lancashire’s match against Durham, Anderson had pulled up on his run-up and was then forced to leave the field.
Anderson had passed every medical testing and was fit to play according to Root. He also said that it's an easy thing to look back on and say we’d have done things differently. It was a unanimous decision for him to play.
Before the second Test at Lord’s, the inclusion of Anderson and Roy will both be called into question.
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