The England cricket team has suffered a major setback ahead of the start of the Ashes series, where their fast bowler James Anderson has been ruled out of the first Test due to a calf strain. The Cricketer website has reported this on Tuesday. It has been said in the report that Chris Woakes may be included in the team in place of Anderson. Apart from this, there are chances of other fast bowler Mark Wood getting a place in the playing XI.
Apart from these two, the final decision is yet to be taken on the playing of veteran pacer Stuart Broad. Broad, 35, has not played international cricket since August due to a calf injury. Star all-rounder Ben Stokes will be seen giving strength to the team’s bowling attack, who are fit and ready to rock the Ashes.
Andersen continues at the age of 39
In the Test series played against India in August-September this year, Anderson took 15 wickets while bowling brilliantly. Looking at him, it did not seem that he was 39 years old. The amazing thing is that despite being so old, Anderson’s speed did not decrease and on most of the occasions the Indian batsmen had to struggle to play his balls. Anderson was the leading wicket-taker for England in this series, only behind Ollie Robinson, who took the most wickets in the series with 21 wickets.