Saturday 28 May 2011 

Anderson Injury Weakens England's Bowling Attack

Anderson Injury Weakens England's Bowling Attack
Anderson Injury Weakens England's Bowling Attack
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England will have to make do without strike bowler James Anderson when they bowl again in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

Anderson left the field shortly after England took the second new ball and has been diagnosed with a grade one side strain and is an injury doubt for the second Test at Lord's.

He will, however be able to bat and was used as a nightwatchman as England closed day two on 47 for one in reply to Sri Lanka's 400 although went 2/7 that he would be the next man to be dismissed.

Despite Anderson's discomfort, he returned figures of three for 66 as England were made to work hard by the touring Sri Lankans, for whom Prasanna Jayawardene scored an important century.

The loss of Anderson puts pressure on England's bowling attack with only four specialist bowlers picked for the match with Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann set to share the second-innings burden with support from Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen.

The third day's play was delayed by rain and the players were unable to get onto the field at all before lunch.

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