England's all-time leading wicket-taker, James Anderson faces a race to be fit for the Ashes after tearing a calf muscle in a County game for Lancashire. The fast-bowler suffered "a low-grade calf muscle tear" during the match against Durham at Sedbergh.
According to the statement released by the England Cricket Board (ECB), an MRI scan on Friday revealed the extent of the damage to Anderson’s right calf and he will miss his County's next two Championship matches against Northamptonshire and Sussex.
“He will be reassessed on an ongoing basis regarding his availability for the Specsavers Test match versus Ireland at Lord‘s on 24 July and the Specsavers Ashes Series against Australia starting on 1 August,” ECB said in a statement.
The news leaves England sweating over their leading wicket-taker, with the first Test due to get underway on 1 August, two days before his 37th birthday.