Side strain rules James Anderson out of fourth Test

Side strain rules James Anderson out of fourth Test
James Anderson has been ruled out of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge because of side strain.
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England fast bowler, James Anderson, has been ruled out of the fourth Ashes Test, scheduled to kick off on 6th August at Trent Bridge, after picking up a side strain in the ongoing game at Edgbaston.

This comes a major blow to England as Anderson has been in excellent form in the third Test, taking six wickets in the first innings, reducing Australia to 136 in just under 37 overs.

England’s highest wicket-taker in Tests, Anderson, went off the field midway through the 33rd over of Australia’s second innings, while Joe Root came on to complete the over.

Anderson will also miss the rest of the ongoing Test, which is poised firmly in England's grip, after Australia were reduced to 168 for seven in their second innings by the end of day two.

A statement by the England and Wales Cricket Board, confirmed the injury to Anderson while stating that the 33-year-old’s participation in the fifth and final Test at the Oval will be determined in due course of time.

“England bowler James Anderson has been ruled out of remainder of the current Investec Ashes Test with a side strain.

“Anderson will be unavailable for the 4th Test beginning on Thursday 6 August at Trent Bridge and his availability for the final Test in the series will be determined in due course.” 

Anderson’s absence will be felt at the Trent Bridge, as he has 53 wickets at the venue from just eight matches at an excellent average of 19.24, with six five-wicket hauls and two ten wicket hauls.

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