I did all the rehab, there’s nothing else we could have done: James Anderson
James Anderson (AFP Photo)

England pacer James Anderson has said that he took every precaution in the lead up to the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston but was left angry and frustrated after having again injured his calf on the opening day.


Anderson tore his calf during a County Championship match last month and skipped the on-off Test against Ireland to give himself time to attain full fitness.

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However, after bowling just four overs, Anderson felt tightness in his right calf and scans later revealed he had aggravated an earlier injury. He didn’t bowl again but came out to bat in both the innings as England suffered a 251-run defeat to Australia.

“I missed the Ireland Test as a precaution to make sure I was 100% for the Ashes,” Anderson told BBC. “I felt angry having done all the work to get there. There’s nothing else we could have done. I did all the rehab – the only thing I didn’t do was play a match but there’s Twenty20 going on at the minute and there’s no games to play.”

A frustrated Anderson reveals that he felt the injury wasn’t that bad and was, in fact, prepared to bowl in the second dig. “All the tests they do on the calf to see if it’s OK, it just wasn’t playing ball so it was hugely frustrating. It settled down a bit when we were batting and I was planning on bowling in the second innings, but when I was batting I pushed off for a run and it didn’t feel right,” the 37-year-old said.

Anderson, England’s most successful Test bowler, apologized to his teammates after they were left one bowler short at Edgbaston. He has been ruled out of the second Test at Lord’s but says should he recover, he will won’t rush back to international cricket without getting some match practice.

“I’m sure if I do manage to come back in this series then I’ll have to play some sort of cricket beforehand. You feel lots of guilt, generally frustrated but you’re trying to help out the lads as much as possible without making them feel worse,” Anderson said.