James Anderson experienced tightness in his right calf and left the field after bowling four overs on Day one of the opening Ashes Test. @AFP

While there is no official word on whether he will be available for the next few Ashes Tests, on Sunday it was confirmed that James Anderson will not bowl in the remainder of the ongoing Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

The veteran England pacer experienced tightness in his right calf and left the field after bowling four overs on the opening day of the first Test on Thursday and off for scans.

Although he underwent a training session on the outfield before the start of play on Friday, Day two of the of the first Test, he did not take the field when England came out to bowl on the third Day of the Test.


Anderson’s new-ball partner, Stuart Broad, said that the former was “down” and “frustrated” after leaving the field on day one of the first Ashes Test against Australia.

“He is down, he’s frustrated he is distraught he couldn’t be out there today. He feels like he’s let the bowling group down but he hasn’t. Niggles are a part of fast bowling, but he’s down in the dumps as you’d expect,” Broad, who scalped five wickets, said after stumps on Day one.

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“He actually came and said sorry to all the bowlers. Not that he’s got anything to be sorry for, but he’s just he’s distraught he couldn’t be out there today,” he added.

“I don’t know what the next steps are, the scan could show it’s not much and he could be able to bowl in the second innings or it could show something and it’s a couple of weeks,” concluded Broad.

Australia, who scored 284 in the first innings on the back of Steve Smith’s hundred, are leading England by 34 runs and will be keen to score big in the absence of Anderson.