James Anderson has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test after sustaining an injury in his right calf. England confirmed on Tuesday that he won't be able to take part in the upcoming Test at Lord's on August 14.
“The MRI confirmed that Anderson has suffered a calf injury,” said a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Anderson bowled just four over in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston and did not bowl again in the remainder of the match. Australia won the series opener by 251 runs.
England is uncertain when Anderson will be fit to return from his injury. The team said an assessment is taking place “on an ongoing basis”.
England's record wicket-taker has not played competitive cricket for a month leading into the first match of the five-match series. Anderson was was restricted to two batting cameos at number 11 after sustaining the injury in Edgbaston. He injured the same calf playing for Lancashire.
The board said that Anderson will commence a rehabilitation programme working with the England and Lancashire medical teams.
(With inputs from agencies)