Leader of England’s pass attack, James Anderson, was anything but excluded from playing in the second Test against India at Lord’s. The veteran is worried about an injury, and it is unlikely he will be taken lightly with his long-term fitness in mind.
Anderson, 39, complained of a stiff four-wheel drive on Wednesday, just a day before the start of the test. As a result, he skipped England’s pre-match training session so as not to aggravate the injury further. Jonny Bairstow said fringe players will have the opportunity to prove themselves on the biggest stage.
“It may be a loss, but with it comes an opportunity for other people. When we saw earlier in the summer, in the Pakistan series, that there were opportunities for other people coming in, and they tackled the challenges,Said Bairstow.
Stuart Broad has ruled out the entire series against India
To further aggravate England’s misery, Stuart Broad was sent earlier to undergo an MRI scan after sustaining an injury to his calf. The results came back Wednesday, with the scan confirming a tear in the patient’s right calf. As a result, he was excluded from the LV = Insurance Test series against India.
Broad suffered the injury on Tuesday during the warm-up routines. He was unable to attend the training session that followed Tuesday afternoon. With these double setbacks, England are likely to do a Test without Broad or Anderson for the first time since 2016.
In the absence of Broad, the bright prospect, Saqib Mahmood, was called up as a cover. Without Anderson and Broad, the bowling attack looks extremely inexperienced. Sam Curran and Ollie Robinson will have to take the reins, with Mark Wood, and Saqib Mahmood or Craig Overton completing the attack with four taps.
Moeen Ali has also been called up, so it is likely that he will take a place in the team. Top batsman Haseeb Hameed is also competing for the opening season, and with Ollie Pope back to match fitness, captain Joe Root has plenty of options to think about.