Jimmy Anderson will play no role in Lord’s Test against Ireland on Wednesday, July 26, after not recovering from a calf injury that broke earlier this month.
Anderson suffered the injury when he was on duty for Lancashire against Durham on July 2. An MRI scan confirmed that he had torn his calf.
Nevertheless, he was admitted to the squad in anticipation of a speedy recovery for the four-day test. However, this did not go as planned and continues to be judged by the Cricket Authority of England and Wales in view of the ashes kick-off in Edgbaston on 1 August.
The absence of Anderson in Edgbaston is a severe blow to England as both Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are injured in nursing and unavailable for the first Ashes test.
Somerset’s Lewis Gregory and Warwickshire’s Olly Stone are the two players likely to benefit from Anderson’s absence on their debut as Lord’s Test against Ireland.