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James Anderson Apologised To Team After Injury Said Broad | Ashes 2019

James Anderson, one of the most prolific fast bowler in Test history, has been ruled out of the second Ashes Test due to an unfortunate calf injury.

The Lancastrian fast bowler left the field having bowled just 4 overs in Australia's innings in the first game of the series, and only returned later to bat at No.11 in both innings as England fell a 251-run defeat.

The bowler came into the game under a cloud, having not played since this June due to an injury to the same calf, even though he passed every fitness test required by the ECB. His availability beyond the 2nd game of the series is unknown, and England are yet to name their squad for the Lord's Test Match, which begins on this Wednesday, 14th of August.

Anderson's absence in the 2nd game against Australia could see pace bowler Jofra Archer, who was not in the opener in Birmingham, make his Test debut in the match that starts on 14th of August.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board stated Anderson had undergone an MRI scan after "tightness to his right calf".

"As a result of the injury, he will commence a rehabilitation programme working with the England and Lancashire medical teams," stated the ECB.

"He is down, he's frustrated... he actually came and said sorry to all the bowlers, not that he's got anything to be sorry for," Broad told the reporters.

"He is distraught he couldn't be out there today. He feels like he's let the bowling group down but he hasn't.

"Niggles are a part of fast bowling, but he's down in the dumps as you'd expect."

Anderson did not return to the field after being sent for a scan during the lunch break.

"We don't know the full extent yet," Broad said. "All we can hope is the news is better than we expect."