Ahead of the second Ashes Test match against Australia at the 'Mecca of Cricket', Lord's, England have suffered a huge setback as one of their star pacers James Anderson has been ruled out due to a calf injury.
This was officially confirmed by the governing body of world cricket, International Cricket Council (ICC) on their official Twitter handle. Take a look.
As there is a saying that 'One man's loss is another man's gain, even the fans reckon that Anderson's injury might see Jofra Archer making his debut in the longest format of the game. Archer was not considered for the opening Test at Edgbaston where the hosts had suffered a humiliating loss by a mammoth 251 runs.
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James Anderson had left the field after bowling four overs on Day 1. He did not bowl in the match thereafter but, walked out to bat at number 11 in both the innings. As per reports, an MRI scan confirmed that the 37-year-old has a calf injury, and he will commence a rehabilitation programme working with the England and Lancashire medical teams.
Australia secured a comprehensive victory over hosts England in the first match of the Ashes, as they beat the hosts by 251 runs, with spinner Nathan Lyon grabbing six scalps and pacer Pat Cummins taking four scalps to seal the victory for the visitors.
Nathan Lyon's six scalps included many crucial wickets such as England skipper Joe Root, Jason Roy, and vice-skipper Ben Stokes. Lyon finished his spell with figures of 6-49 in 20 overs in the second innings. Speedster Pat Cummins provided assist to the spinner, grabbing four wickets to his name and conceding 32 runs in 11 overs.
Lyon's latest performance saw him go past the 350-wicket mark for Australia. Lyon also narrowly missed out on a hat-trick after dismissing Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad in consecutive deliveries.