LONDON – England fast bowler James Anderson has been ruled out for the rest of the Ashes series against Australia due to a niggling calf injury, the country’s cricket board (ECB) announced on Friday.
Anderson, who was playing for county side Lancashire’s second XI in a friendly against Durham earlier this week, felt pain in his right calf, after which he was withdrawn from the rest of the match.
“England and Lancashire seamer James Anderson has been ruled out for the rest of the Specsavers Ashes series,” the ECB said in a statement.
“Further review with the ECB medical team has confirmed that he will be unavailable for the remaining two Ashes Tests.”
England’s leading Test wicket-taker Anderson, who had struggled to be fit for the series opener against Australia at Edgbaston, pulled up injured on day one of the first Test, which the hosts went on to lose by 251 runs.