Veteran England fast bowler James Anderson will not take part in the upcoming Test match against Ireland as he still recovers from the calf injury. Lord’s will host the historic Test starting from July 24, a week before the all-important Ashes.
Anderson to miss Ireland match
James Anderson tore his right calf while playing for Lancashire earlier this month. The veteran paceman revealed that he was unsure about his participation in the one-off match against Ireland. But the selectors included him in the 13-member squad for the game. However, Anderson has failed to recover fully from the calf-century and; thus, will not feature in the game. The management took a conservative approach considering the upcoming Ashes starting from August 1.
The 36-year-old, who is England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket, did not take a full part in training on Monday and has since been ruled out of the four-day match at Lord’s. James Anderson’s assessment will continue as the management is confident that he will regain fitness before the first Test at Edgbaston. Stuart Broad will lead the pace attack with either of Olly Stone or Lewis Gregory making their debut. Warwickshire pacer Gregory is likely to make his debut in the absence of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer.
England, who recently lifted the ICC World Cup 2019 will shift their focus to the red-ball format of the game. The host will look to retain the Ashes trophy against a desperate Australian team who are yet to win the trophy in England since 2001.