A day after losing the first Ashes Test, England have suffered yet another blow as their pace spearhead James Anderson is ruled out of the second Test. England’s leading wicket-taker will miss the crucial game for his side after suffering a recurrence of his calf injury during the just-concluded Test at Edgbaston.
James Anderson was out of action for a month before the first Test and was only able to bowl four overs on the opening morning before having to leave the field at lunch. Anderson had an MRI scan this week which confirmed he has once again suffered a calf injury. Consequently, he will now undergo rehabilitation with the England and Lancashire medical teams. A decision on his availability for the rest of the series will be taken only after re-assessment.
England suffered in Anderson’s absence as Australia inflicted a heavy 251-run defeat on them. Australia were reeling at 122 for 8 in the first innings but recovered to post a challenging 284. The visitors also racked up 487 runs in their second innings with Anderson off the field. Anderson, however, had managed to bat in both of England’s innings.
Australia thrashed England by 251 runs to take the lead in the five-match series. Chasing an improbable 398, England needed to bat out of their skin to save or win the Test. However, they never quite managed to challenge Australia. The visitors bowled out the hosts for just 146 to start the series on a thumping note.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon took advantage of the worn pitch and took a six wicket haul while pacer Pat Cummins picked up four wickets. The win put Australia them ahead in an Ashes series in the UK for the first time in 14 years. The second Test begins at Lord’s on August 14.