James Anderson: Ashes fitness race for England bowler to face Australia

James Anderson

James Anderson bowled only 8 balls on the 3rd early morning at Sedbergh School before choosing up the injury

England’s all-time leading wicket taker James Anderson deals with a race to be fit for the Ashes after tearing a calf muscle in a county game for Lancashire.

Anderson suffered “a low grade calf muscle tear” on Tuesday’s third day in the match versus Durham at Sedbergh.

The 36- year-old will miss out on Lancashire’s next two County Championship matches as he goes through a fitness program.

The first of the five Ashes Tests between England and Australia starts on 1 August at Edgbaston.

Before that, England face Ireland in a one-off Test at Lord’s, starting on 24 July.

Anderson has actually taken an English record 575 wickets in 148 Tests to stand fourth on all the time-list behind only Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble.

He claimed his 950 th first-rate wicket last week at Sedbergh, having actually now taken 30 in 6 Champion matches so far this season, at approximately just 9.37, from 159.4 overs.

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