James Anderson in Ashes injury scare just a month before England's First Test with Australia
JIMMY ANDERSON has given England a massive injury scare ahead of the Ashes after pulling up with an injury to his lower leg.
Anderson was forced to leave the field nursing his right limb after bowling two balls in the 84th over of Lancashire's County Championship game against Durham.
The 36-year-old has less than a month to prepare for the First Ashes Test against Australia after the Cricket World Cup is done.
He tried three times to bowl and needed to stretch between each, but eventually decided not to do himself further damage by retiring to the sidelines.
Only yesterday, Anderson claimed his 950th first class wicket at Sedbergh School and he was bowling his first over of the day when injury struck.
The First Test of England's five-match series with Australia starts on August 1 at Edgbaston and skipper Joe Root will be sweating on the news, as he gets set to play New Zealand in the World Cup tomorrow.
Eoin Morgan's one day side need to beat the Black Caps to make sure they qualify for the final four of the tournament ahead of Pakistan in fifth.
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Anderson has been serialising his new book 'Bowl. Sleep. Repeat.' in SunSport — with some hilarious anecdotes and first-hand accounts of his record-breaking career.
In his first column, Anderson said: "The first time Stuart Broad walked into the dressing room, with his flowing blond hair, striking blue eyes and perfect figure, I thought: 'My God, she's beautiful.'"
Anderson has taken an incredible 575 career Test wickets in 148 matches.
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