England’s Anderson in Ashes fitness race after calf injury



England fast bowler James Anderson suffered a calf muscle tear last Tuesday while playing for county side Lancashire and he will be reassessed ahead of the first Ashes test match against Australia on August 1, the country's cricket board (ECB) has said.

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The 36-year-old, who only returned to bat briefly with a runner and did not bowl for the remainder of the drawn game, underwent scans which highlighted the injury.

"England seam bowler James Anderson, who left the field during Lancashire's Specsavers County Championship match against Durham at Sedbergh School on Tuesday, July 2 due to tightness to his right calf, underwent an MRI scan on Friday", the European Central Bank said.

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England confirmed on Sunday that Anderson suffered a grade one tear of his right calf, as revealed in the Mail on Sunday, while bowling for Lancashire against Durham last week.

With the recovery time for such injuries typically somewhere between 10 days and a month, depending on their severity, the England team management remains cautiously optimistic he will be fit and available for their first Test of the summer, against Ireland, which starts on July 24 at Lord's.

Anderson was not in Lancashire's XI for the game with Northamptonshire, which started yesterday, and he will also miss their Division Two match against Sussex, starting next Saturday.

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