Ashes 2019: James Anderson is ‘down, he’s frustrated’ after limping off, says Stuart Broad
James Anderson left the field feeling tightness in the calf. (Image: Twitter)

England‘s Test spearhead James Anderson is “down” and “frustrated” after leaving the field on day one of the first Ashes Test against Australia, his new-ball partner Stuart Broad has said.

Anderson, passed fit for the Ashes opener, bowled four overs on Thursday at Edgbaston before he was pulled up injured and was forced inside for treatment on a tight right calf. He did not return to field after being sent for a scan during the lunch break, and Broad revealed that Anderson apologised to his bowling team-mates.

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“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,” said Broad after stumps. “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.”

Anderson, the most successful fast bowler of all time in Test cricket, tore the same right calf during a county match for Lancashire. He subsequently missed two County Championship matches and also the four-day Test against Ireland which England won by 143 runs.

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Having been cleared to play against Australia at Edgbaston, Anderson bowled four overs before experiencing pain.

“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,” said Broad, who took five wickets on Thursday.

England had Australia on the mat at 122/8, but former skipper Steve Smith’s excellent 144 helped them end on 284.