Veteran England fast bowler James Anderson is unlikely to bowl in the second innings against Australia owing to a calf injury he suffered on day one of the first Test at Edgbaston. If this turns out to be true, it will be a massive blow for the host who aims to make a double this summer by winning the Ashes after their maiden World Cup triumph.

Anderson unlikely to bowl in the second innings

In his fourth over on Wednesday morning, James Anderson felt a pain in his calf again and left the field. He returned, but the management decided at lunch that he should undergo a scan. Anderson went for a scan yesterday, the full results are yet to come out. England’s highest Test wicket-taker did some running on Thursday morning with the medical staff and looks set to bat if needed.

James Anderson. Credit: Getty Images

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Meanwhile, Anderson’s longtime bowling partner Stuart Broad sounded positive that James Anderson might come back and bowl in the second innings. Broad also said that if there is only one percent chance of his bowling, Anderson will come out.

“If the scan comes back and there’s no major mark on it, he will strap it up and go. One thing we know about Jimmy is that if there’s a chance of him bowling he will bowl,” Broad had said.

If James Anderson fails to turn out for second innings, he will have nine days in hand to recover before the second Test. It is likely that he might play a red-ball cricket match to prove his fitness before the second match. If he struggles, England will rely on Jofra Archer while Sam Curran and Olly Stone are also waiting in the fringes.