Injured Anderson to step up rehabilitation as he targets fourth Ashes Test
James Anderson (AFP Photo)

England pacer James Anderson on Monday was left out from the squad for the third Ashes Test to be played at Headingley as the hosts announced an unchanged line-up.

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Anderson tore his calf during the morning session of the series opening first Test at Edgbaston following which he was ruled out. He is being monitored and is making progress on his injury, an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement said on Monday.

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“England and Lancashire seamer James Anderson is making progress from his injured right calf,” ECB said.

Anderson will play for a Lancashire second XI in a three-day match starting from Tuesday to assess his fitness level.

“Anderson will step up his rehabilitation this week by playing for Lancashire second XI against Leicestershire in a three-day friendly match starting on Tuesday August 20 at Northern Cricket Club, Liverpool,” ECB said.

It added, “He will be assessed on an ongoing basis ahead of selection for the fourth Specsavers Ashes Test at Emirates Old Trafford starting on Wednesday 4 September.”

Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker in Tests, was replaced by debutant Jofra Archer for the second match at Lord’s and made quite an impression with his hostile spell and durability.

England gave Australia some late scare reducing them to 154/6 in chase of 267. However, a fighting half-century from substitute Marnus Labuschagne helped the tourists retain their 1-0 lead as the Test ended in a draw.

The third Ashes Test at Headingley starts August 22.

England squad for second Ashes Test: Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes