Veteran English paceman James Anderson is set to miss the upcoming One-Off Test match against the underdogs Ireland. England is hosting Ireland for a solitary Test match from June 1 to June 4 at the iconic Lord’s Stadium in London. James Anderson is reportedly to miss the Ireland fixture as a precautionary measure for the upcoming Ashes Test series against Australia. The Ashes is predominantly a crucial championship in terms of the age-old rivalry between England and Australia.
James Anderson is believed to be recovering from a mild strain of his left groin that he had sustained during Lancashire’s recent county fixture against Somerset. Notably, Anderson suffered a minor injury on Day 1 of the first-class fixture after which he did not take part in the remainder of the contest. Anderson underwent some medical scans that revealed that the extent of his injury was minor and will be recoverable in a short period of time.
ECB confirms that James Anderson will undergo 10 days of rehabilitation
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that James Anderson will undergo a 10-day recovery period after which he will be seen back in action at the practice session. Notably, Anderson was announced in England’s squad for the Ireland Test match but it was later confirmed that he will not participate as England anticipates his participation in the first Ashes Test against Australia on June 16 at the Edgbaston.
The ECB will likely retain their frontline bowlers from participating in the Ireland test. They will preserve their fitness for the Vital Ashes series. Mark Wood is also to be rested and the likes of Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, Matthew Potts, or Chris Woakes will be given a chance to showcase their talent against Ireland.
Addressing the media, James Anderson stated that it is really unfortunate that he will be missing the Ireland Test but it is likely the calm wave before a heavy storm. Anderson mentioned that he will ensure a complete recovery and rehabilitation before stressing upon his fitness and staging a marvelous display at the Ashes. Ben Stokes will lead the side against Ireland and Ashes.
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