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Ashes 2019: England bowler James Anderson ruled out of second Test vs Australia with injured right calf

James Anderson has been ruled out the second Ashes Test against Australia, and England do not know when he will be able to return from an injured right calf.

England’s all-time wicket taker was experiencing problems after just four overs of the first Test at Edgbaston.

Anderson barely featured in the first Test after pulling up with injury

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Anderson barely featured in the first Test after pulling up with injury

He did not bowl again in the entire match which saw Australia romp to a 251-run victory.

Scans have now confirmed he has no chance of taking part in next week’s game at Lord’s, with assessment taking place on an ‘ongoing basis’ regarding his comeback.

Anderson, 37, was not expected to be on duty in the second Test after pulling up on the first morning in Birmingham and being restricted to two batting cameos at number 11.

The veteran had not played competitive cricket for a month leading into the match after injuring the same calf playing for Lancashire.

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The England and Wales Cricket Board revealed an MRI scan had confirmed the bad news.

“The MRI confirmed that Anderson has suffered a calf injury,” read a statement.

“As a result of the injury, he will commence a rehabilitation programme working with the England and Lancashire medical teams.


“Anderson will miss the second Test match, which starts at Lord’s on Wednesday August 14. He will be reassessed on an ongoing basis regarding his availability for the rest of Specsavers Ashes series.”

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