England sweating over fitness of James Anderson after second calf scan
James Anderson (AFP Photo)

England are hoping for some positive news after sending veteran pacer James Anderson for a second scan on his right calf on Monday.

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Anderson hasn’t bowled since the first morning of the ongoing Ashes Test at Edgbaston after complaining of tightness in his right calf. He managed four overs before going for a scan during the lunch break but later came out to bat, becoming the last wicket to fall in England’s first innings.

The second scan has been done to determine the extent of the issue and the duration of his recovery. As things stand now, England’s most successful Test bowler will realistically get fit by the fourth match of the Ashes which starts on September 4 at his home ground Old Trafford (Manchester).

England have plenty of reserve options in Jofra Archer, Olly Stone and allrounder Sam Curran.

Though Archer, who played the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a side injury, looks in prime position to make his Test debut in the second match at Lord’s.

Archer’s last red-ball game was back in September and he was released from the first Test squad after being not deemed fit enough.

Anderson, 37, tore the same right calf during a county match for Lancashire. He subsequently missed two county championship matches and also the historic four-day Test against Ireland which England won by 143 runs.