James Anderson doubtful for the first Test against South Africa

Pavan Suresh / 23 December 2015

England’s spearhead James Anderson is doubtful for the first Test against South Africa in Durban starting from December 26th due to tightness in the right calf.

Anderson, the record wicket taker for England, reported the issue on Monday evening and underwent a scan yesterday. The decision of his involvement in the first Test will be unlikely to be made by Thursday. The scan will be evaluated by the ECB medical team.

Even if the scan clears Anderson of any serious problems, the England cricket team will not risk Anderson his involvement in the first Test. There is only two days gap between first and second Test match so the England management will be eager to avoid any worsening the problem.

England and South Africa will compete in four-match Test series. He has only bowled five overs in match situations on the tour so far. Anderson has been aware of tightness in calf throughout the tour, but the situation went bad after attempting to bowl flat out in training on Monday afternoon.

Anderson has been go to bowler for England and was forced to sit of Ashes series at the halfway point due to the side strain. He missed the final two Test matches having forced off the pitch in the mid over during the third test at Edgbaston.

Anderson bowled brilliantly in Test series against Pakistan in UAE. He picked 13 wickets and went for less than 2 runs per over. If he does not play Chris Woakes would partner Stuart Broad, Steve Finn and Ben Stokes in the first Test.

England has begun their South African tour on an excellent note as they crushed South Africa A by an innings in their final warm-up match.    

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