Ashes 2019: England's James Anderson out of rest of series

Ruben Hill
August 30, 2019

England's leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson will play no further part in the Ashes against Australia after a recurrence of a calf injury.

The 37-year-old Lancashire seamer bowled only four overs in the first Test and missed the second and third.

The 37 year-old, who is now receiving treatment after experiencing further calf pain, has been ruled out for the rest of the Ashes series.

Anderson's continued absence has seen England name Craig Overton in an otherwise unchanged 13-man squad for the fourth Test.

It is possible he has played his final Test altogether, although the lure of becoming the first fast bowler to 600 wickets might encourage him to push for a return on the winter tours to New Zealand and South Africa. Overton, who featured twice in the 2017-18 Ashes, is likely to join Sam Curran in vying with Chris Woakes for the No. 8 spot.

After England's miraculous win at Headingley where they squared the series 1-1 with a one-wicket win, the hosts will take on Australia in Manchester from September 4.

However, according to an European Central Bank statement, the 37-year-old "became aware of right calf pain" while bowling on Thursday.

The statement continues: "He immediately sought a medical assessment from Lancashire and was withdrawn from the remainder of the game". "Further review with the European Central Bank medical team has confirmed that he will be unavailable for the remaining two Ashes Tests".

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