England seam bowler James Anderson, who left the field during Lancashire’s Specsavers County Championship match against Durham at Sedbergh School on Tuesday, July 2 due to tightness to his right calf, underwent an MRI scan on Friday, 5 July. The MRI confirmed that Anderson has suffered a low-grade calf muscle tear. As a result of the injury, he will commence a rehabilitation programme with the England and Lancashire CCC medical teams.
Anderson will miss Lancashire’s next two Championship matches against Northants and Sussex. Anderson, who was competing in his sixth game in this season’s competition, has taken 30 wickets this season. The bowler has 950 First Class scalps to his name.
He will be reassessed on an ongoing basis regarding his availability for the Specsavers Test match versus Ireland at Lord‘s on July 24 and the Specsavers Ashes Series against Australia starting on August 1.
England are due to face Ireland in a one-off Test at Lord's starting on July 24 as preparation for the upcoming Ashes series against Australia, which begins at Edgbaston on August 1.
The England pacer's glorious career of 575 wickets from 148 matches is marred with a lot of injury spells. Anderson is an integral part of the English test side, spearheading the pace battery for the team. The 36-year-old had picked up 17 wickets in the previous edition of the Ashes in 2018.
Earlier in 2018, James Anderson overtook Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath's 563 wickets in Test matches and was challenged by the latter to hit the 600-wicket mark. Anderson is currently the second-ranked bowler in the Tests according to the ICC rankings.
While injury scare grips England, they take on Australia in, what would look like a preview to the Ashes, on 11 July at the World Cup semi-finals.