England pacer James Anderson suffered a calf strain early on the morning of the opening Ashes Test at Edgbaston, due to which he was forced out of the field after bowling just four overs. Anderson will now undergo scans to determine the extent of his injury and discover whether he will be able to participate in the remainder of the game.
England’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket, Anderson pulled out of his run-up after conceding just one run and delivering three maiden overs during his spell with the new ball. He was subject to a calf tear last month during a County Championship fixture, which had rendered him out of the Ireland Test at Lord’s.
England already have been victim to injury woes to their key back-up pacers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood. With Anderson out of the cricket action, England’s bowling attack will be reduced to four men – Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali.