According to rumours, veteran pace spearhead James Anderson will miss the first Test against Australia, putting. England‘s chances of recovering the Ashes in jeopardy. The 39-year-old, who has 632 Test wickets, has a minor calf problem, according to The. Cricketer, with the BBC suggesting that he is unlikely to start in Brisbane on Wednesday. The report was not immediately confirmed by the England Cricket Board.
Injured James Anderson, England will select four bowlers from Chris Woakes, Mark Wood., Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, and Jack Leach to play alongside Ben Stokes, who is recovering from injury.
They were already missing pacemen Jofra Archer, who was unable to participate due to an elbow ailment, and. Olly Stone, who was unable to participate due to back surgery.
Anderson put himself through his paces in the nets for nearly an hour on Monday, but with memories of his withdrawal from the first Test of the 2019 Ashes after four overs still vivid in his mind, the decision was reached not to risk him, according to The Cricketer.
His omission comes only one day after England captain Joe Root refused to choose his side for the Gabba Test, despite Australia announcing their starting eleven over the weekend.
“I’m not into mind games; I’m just not in a position to pick my team right now,” Root told reporters.
“It’s commendable that they’ve announced their starting lineup. It doesn’t bother me or change anything from our point of view. We’ll go about our business as we see fit, and we’ll let you know when we’re done.”
Anderson was unlikely to play all five Tests in the series due to his age.
The second Test, a pink ball match under lights in Adelaide, is set to begin on. December 16 — just four days after the Brisbane Test concludes.
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