MX23RW : Tuesday, September 22 04:26:46| >> :120:39096:39096:

James Anderson ruled out of Ireland Test

James Anderson ruled out of Ireland Test
© Reuters
England's record wicket-taker sits out due to a calf injury and will be monitored ahead of the Ashes.

James Anderson has been ruled out of England's four-day Test against Ireland at Lord's due to a calf injury.

Anderson has failed to recover from the injury sustained to his right leg when playing for his county Lancashire 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.

Anderson's unavailability for Ireland's maiden Test on these shores was not unexpected and the target now facing the 36-year-old is to be fit in time to face Australia.

Chief selector Ed Smith stated when naming the squad last week that England's record wicket-taker would not be risked ahead of the Ashes series if there was any lingering doubt over his injury.

Bowling resources have already been stretched by the side strains suffered by Mark Wood and Jofra Archer in the recent World Cup victory over New Zealand.

Mark Wood
Mark Wood faces at least a month on the sidelines (Nick Potts/PA)

Wood is likely to be missing until the decisive phase of the summer after being ruled out for four to six weeks.

The prognosis over Archer is more vague and the 24-year-old is currently on holiday in Barbados.

Anderson's delayed return points to either Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory or Warwickshire pace bowler Olly Stone making their debut on Wednesday.

ID:365818:

Click here for more stories about James Anderson

Click here for more stories about England

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Rory Burns during an England nets session on January 29, 2019
Read Next:
Rory Burns not expecting World Cup hangover against Ireland
>
Latest Sports Video
Read more about James Anderson Cricket

rhs 2.0

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!