James Anderson ruled out of Ireland Test as Ashes looms

first_imgJames Anderson will miss England’s four-day Test match against Ireland due to a calf injury. Anderson had pulled up on his run-up and was then forced to leave the field on day three of Lancashire’s match against Durham on July 2.’Jimmy will continue to be assessed ahead of the first Specsavers Ashes Test at Edgbaston on August 1,’ an ECB statement read.An injury to England’s pace spearhead would be a major concern for England leading into the Ashes.James Anderson will be assessed ahead of the first Test of Ashes series against Australia in Birmingham and will not be risked against Ireland.England team are already without the services of fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer as both players had suffered side strains.Wood has been ruled out for four to six weeks while Archer will have a period of rest before being considered for Ashes selection.Stuart Broad is expected to lead England’s pace attack in the one off Test match against Ireland. Ireland had made their Test debut against Pakistan at home in May and the Test against England will be a four-day affair from July 24-27.This will also be England’s first Test of less than five days since the tour of New Zealand in 1971.England squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.Also Read | World Cup final was both the best and worst day of my cricketing life: Martin GuptillAlso Read | Happy Birthday Goofy: BCCI wishes Yuzvendra Chahal with video of fun moments from Chahal TVAlso See:advertisementlast_img