LONDON: England pace bowler James Anderson has been ruled out of the team’s Test series against Bangladesh next month after the 34-year-old failed to recover fully from a shoulder injury, according to local media reports.
Anderson, who is England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, sustained a stress fracture during the home series against Sri Lanka in June, though he did play three Tests against Pakistan in July and August.
According to the BBC, England are likely to announce his replacement on Thursday.
England’s Anderson could be rested in Bangladesh, India Test series
England play three ODIs beginning on October 7, followed by Tests in Chittagong from October 20 and Dhaka from October 28 before they begin a tour of India, which includes five Tests with the first starting on November 9.
Earlier, it was reported that Anderson might sit out of some Test matches in the upcoming tours.
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While talking to reporters, the right-arm pacer said, “It’s a tough one because as a player if you’re fit you want to play, simple as that, no matter what the format you’re desperate to play.”
He added: “But there may well come a time when it will get managed. At 34 I probably have to manage myself, be managed, quite well. You want, if possible, to play every Test but India is going to be five back-to-back and that’s a huge ask for any bowler. There will probably come a point where we try to look and maybe I’ve got to sit out.”
Courtesy : Express Tribune