England seamer James Anderson has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against South Africa after sustaining a left-rib injury in the second Test victory at Newlands.
The Lancashire bowler underwent an MRI scan in Cape Town on Wednesday morning.
Anderson felt tightness and discomfort at the end of the morning session on day five and was only able to bowl eight overs during the day. He finished with figures of 2-23 from 18 overs in South Africa’s second innings.
He will return to the UK in the next few days. Somerset seamer Craig Overton will remain in South Africa as cover.
It’s a major blow for England, with Anderson having shown impressive form in the first innings when he bagged a five-for that set the visitors on their way to victory.
The good news for England, though, is that paceman Jofra Archer should be fit for the third Test starting on 16 January in Port Elizabeth.