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The England cricket team has not had an ideal start to the Ashes this year as they were annihilated at the hands of Australia in the first game at Edgbaston. After a brilliant display of fast bowling in the first innings, the host batsmen failed to show resistance in the second innings as they crumbled to 146 on the final day.

England’s premium fast bowler James Anderson was unable to play a part in the game as he picked up an injury on the first day of the Test which has knocked him out of the second game as well.

Former English cricketer Darren Gough has blamed Anderson for the Edgbaston defeat as he feels that the pacer should not have played the Ireland game just for the sake of 600 wickets record.

“I put the blame at Anderson’s door. He wasn’t fit. He wanted to play against Ireland because he is chasing 600 wickets. That pull is there and he’s not far away. He’s been an absolute great bowler and still is but he is getting older and is coming back from a calf strain. He was rushed back to try and play against Ireland and obviously wasn’t fit so they gave him another week,” he said.

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