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Ashes 2021: England Pacer James Anderson ruled out of 1st Test



Ashes 2021: England Pacer James Anderson ruled out of 1st Test

Ashes 2021: James Anderson has been ruled out of 1st Test starting in Brisbane on Wednesday. Anderson reportedly is suffering from a calf injury and will not play the 1st test.

He is set to be replaced by seam-bowler Chris Woakes, with Mark Wood also reportedly set to feature in the XI

England have opted not to risk Anderson in the First Ashes Test as he manages a minor calf issue.

With two pink-ball Tests set to be played in the series – including the Second Test in Adelaide – England are keen to have Anderson at full tilt, so he will sit out the opener.

Given the condensed nature of the series, the second Test starts on December 16, which is quickly followed by the Boxing Day Test on December 26 & Joe Root wants Anderson fully ready for those 2 matches.

Anderson is 39 and had to withdraw from the last Ashes series after just four overs at Edgbaston with another muscle injury.

Chris Woakes is set to play in Anderson’s place, with Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson also likely to make the XI.

Broad, 35, has not played since early August due to a calf tear. Given their limited warm-up England are wary of overburdening their aging champions Anderson and Broad.

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Ben Stokes will complete a five-man attack but is unlikely to be overworked as he also eases back into action.

Anderson, 39, has 632 wickets and is Test cricket’s greatest wicket-taking quick but will not be available for the 1st match.


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