Jimmy Anderson with fractured rib... could even miss Sri Lanka series | Daily News


 

Jimmy Anderson with fractured rib... could even miss Sri Lanka series

A scan has revealed a hairline fracture and Anderson could be out for six to eight weeks.
A scan has revealed a hairline fracture and Anderson could be out for six to eight weeks.

England’s euphoria at their second Test victory has been punctured after Jimmy Anderson was ruled out of the rest of their series against South Africa with a fractured rib.

England’s record wicket-taker felt tightness in his left side during the morning session of the final day at Newlands and was only able to bowl eight overs in the day as England pulled off a thrilling victory with barely half an hour of the Test remaining.

He was determined to play his part as England pushed for victory and insisted on bowling two overs after tea but was clearly in discomfort and was forced to play only a supporting role in the field instead, taking a catch off Stuart Broad to dismiss Rassie van der Dussen at leg-slip.

A scan in Cape Town on Wednesday revealed a hairline fracture and Anderson is expected to be out for six to eight weeks, not only ruling him out of the last two Tests in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg but also raising doubts about his participation in the two-Test series in Sri Lanka in March.

It is a cruel blow for Anderson, 37, who missed almost the entire Ashes with a calf injury and only fought his way back just in time for the start of this series in Centurion.

He made a quiet start in the first Test against South Africa but was back to his brilliant best here, taking five wickets in the first innings of the second Test and two more second time around before injury struck.

Anderson is determined to bowl on for as long as possible towards the next Ashes in two years time and showed signs here of still improving with age but it will concern both him and England that he is starting to pick up more and more injuries.

At least in his absence England have no shortage of options and will have to make what coach Chris Silverwood described on Wednesday as a ‘great decision’ before they select their side for the third Test at St George’s Park on January 16.

Jofra Archer will be the firm favourite to replace Anderson after recovering from a recurring right elbow injury that at one stage threatened his own participation on the tour.

But there was also the encouraging sight at Newlands of Mark Wood bowling close to his fastest in practice and he is expected to be available for Port Elizabeth.

Wood was man of the match after reaching 95 miles per hour in the last Test he played, in St Lucia earlier this year, but has not featured for England since injuring himself in the World Cup final. There is also Chris Woakes who has become the forgotten man of this tour after suffering the worst of the England illness bug over Christmas but who is also fully fit now. – Daily Mail


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