• Anderson out of second Test

    England will be without fast bowler James Anderson for next week’s second Ashes Test at Lord’s in London.

    Anderson bowled just four overs in the series opener at Edgbaston in Birmingham, where former Australian captain Steven Smith struck consecutive centuries and the hosts lost by 251 runs.

    ‘The MRI confirmed that Anderson has suffered a calf injury,’ read Tuesday’s statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

    ‘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 14 August. He will be reassessed on an ongoing basis.’

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan lamented the absence of Anderson, who will likely be replaced by fellow fast bowler Jofra Archer. Archer enjoyed a successful 2019 World Cup campaign, but hasn’t been capped at Test level yet.

    ‘My concern is you don’t underestimate the psychological effect of Jimmy Anderson has on the England team, but also the positive effect it sends through the Australia team,’ added Vaughan.

    ‘For them to arrive next week and maybe the week after to know they won’t be facing Jimmy, that is monstrous.’

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