James Anderson ruled out of South Africa Test series due to rib injury

James Anderson ruled out of South Africa Test series due to rib injury

James Anderson registered bowling figures of 2/23 in the second innings of Newlands Test.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad
James Anderson and Stuart Broad. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

James Anderson, the veteran fast-bowler from England had recently marked his comeback into the national side after a long span of six months. He was selected in England’s squad that was scheduled to play four-match Test series but after playing just two games, he has been hit with an injury that has ruled him out of the whole series against Proteas.

England got off to a poor start to their tour to South Africa as they lost their series opener played in Centurion. But, they marked a strong comeback by defeating the hosts by a huge margin of 189 runs. Meanwhile, in the second game, Anderson suffered a side strain on the final day of the Newlands Test and he took some time to get back into the attack.

James Anderson hit with an injury again

Later on, when the right-arm fast bowler was introduced, he managed to bowl only two overs. The 37-year-old looked in discomfort while bowling and he was soon removed from the attack by his skipper Joe Root. It looked like a small niggle but that was not the case.

In a recent statement by ECB, they said that James Anderson has been ruled out from the four-match Test series against South Africa. He sustained an injury in his left-ribs during the second game that was being played at Newlands. He was feeling some tightness at the end of the morning session in the 2nd Test. After the conclusion of the game, he underwent through an MRI scan and it was revealed that he had sustained serious injury.

“James Anderson has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against South Africa after sustaining a left rib injury in England’s second Test victory at Newlands. Anderson felt tightness and discomfort at the end of the morning session on day five and was only able to bowl eight overs during the day. He will return to the UK in the next few days,” as stated by ECB.

The right-arm pacer is currently the leading wicket-taking fast bowler in the history of Test cricket with 584 wickets. But, in recent times he had been struggling a lot with his injuries. Anderson had marked his comeback into the national side in the South Africa Test series as he took a long span of five months to recover from the previous injury that he was stuck during the 1st Ashes Test in Edgbaston.

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