England have gotten a major injury scare ahead of the Ashes, as fast-bowler James Anderson was forced off a County Championship match with a calf injury on Tuesday. Anderson will have a scan on his right calf on Wednesday after reporting “tightness” while bowling against Durham at Sedbergh School.
The 36-year-old, who claimed his 950th first-class wicket on Monday, pulled up in his run-up and was then forced to leave the field after three attempts to shake off the problem proved in vain.
Following the conclusion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, England plays a Test match against Ireland at Lord’s starting on July 24, before the Ashes begins on August 1. Anderson has taken 30 County Championship wickets so far this season and reached 950 first-class scalps on Monday against Durham.
“Jimmy Anderson has sustained tightness in his right calf. He will not bowl again in the game and will continue to be assessed,“ said the ECB in a statement.