England’s experienced fast bowler James Anderson has been ruled out of the remainder of the South Africa tour due to a left rib injury. The talisman pacer who had become the oldest English bowler to scalp a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the Cape Town Test sustained the injury on the last day of the second Test match. Thus, it is a huge blow for the visitors as Anderson has all the experience under his belt.
Anderson continued to bowl as England was pushing for the victory despite going through the pain. The 37-year-old pacer bowled eight overs on the fifth day after reporting tightness and discomfort at the end of the morning session. Anderson was taken for a scan on Wednesday which confirmed that the bowler suffered a bone-related injury rather than tissue related injury, which has ruled him for the remaining tour of South Africa.
Big blow for England.
These types of injuries are expected to take almost two months to heal and hence Anderson will undergo a rehabilitation process. The experienced fast bowler will go back home to begin his rehab process while Craig Overton, the lanky pacer from Somerset will stay with the team as a cover.
The gun pacer has had his issues with injuries in the recent past. The pack leader had bowled only four overs in the Ashes and was ruled out with a calf injury. Subsequently, he had made his comeback in the first Test match against South Africa at Centurion.
Anderson took the wicket of nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj on the final day of the Test as he was able to plumb the right-hander in front of the wickets.
The swing master had snared nine wickets in the first two Test matches and his services will be missed by the tourists.
The four-match Test series is tied 1-1 after England won the second match by 189 runs. The third Test match will take place at Port Elizabeth from January 16.