Anderson out of first Ashes Test

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England’s Jimmy Anderson has been ruled out of tomorrow’s first Test as England look to best utilise the veteran seamer throughout a hectic Ashes cam-paign.

Anderson was set to become just the third non-Australian to play five Tests at the Gabba, after fellow bowling ironmen Courtney Walsh and Daniel Vettori, but after initial reports today he had suf-fered a calf issue, the ECB confirmed he is “fit to play, and is not carrying an injury.”

Ultimate Guide: All you need to know for the Ashes “With five Tests in six weeks the plan was to get him ready for the second Test in Adelaide,” a statement read.

“With the limited build-up we have had so far on the tour, both him and the manage-ment didn’t want to take the risk of him playing after what had happened in 2019 at Edgbaston, when he broke down on the first morning. “He bowled at full capacity yesterday for just short of an hour and was in a good place physically.

He will do the same again today at practice.
“He will stay with the Test group this week and work with the coaches at the Gabba rather than playing for the Lions.”—Agencies

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