James Anderson, England’s mainstay speed bowler, will most likely miss the third and final Test against New Zealand, which begins on June 23 in Leeds, after reportedly experiencing leg soreness on the final morning of the Trent Bridge Test.
According to the Daily Mail, Anderson, 39, may miss the third Test due to a lack of rest rather than injury, considering his hectic summer calendar, which includes the Test against India.
Anderson was apparently battling a leg strain that limited him to only 8.4 overs in the second innings at Trent Bridge and forced him to wait until the second hour of the final morning to join the attack, according to the report.
With England leading the Test series 2-0 with only three days between the third Test against New Zealand and the rescheduled Test against India in Birmingham, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) may wish to keep the aged warhorse fresh for the match against Rohit Sharma’s side.
In The 2nd Test, James Anderson Became The First Fast Bowler To Take 650 Test Wickets
James Anderson of England has picked 650 Test wickets, making him the first fast bowler to accomplish so.
Anderson accomplished this milestone against New Zealand in the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
With his speed, the pacer caught NZ captain Tom Latham off guard. Latham tried to leave the ball, but it smashed between his middle and off stump, sending him back to the pavilion for only four runs.
He is presently the game’s third-highest wicket-taker, trailing only Sri Lankan spin hero Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and late Australian leg-spin legend Shane Warne (708).
The workload of Anderson’s new-ball partner Stuart Broad will also be taken into account when selecting the playing XI for the Leeds Test, according to the article.