England bowler James Anderson ruled OUT ahead of his Lancashire return

England fast bowler James Anderson is ruled OUT ahead of his potential Lancashire return with a calf injury… with international team-mate Jofra Archer stepping up his comeback

  • The 38-year-old was due to play for his county this week but picked up a niggle 
  • However, the England’s all-time leading bowler’s issue is thought to be minor 
  • England men Stuart Broad, Joe Root and Mark Wood also changed schedules
  • And fellow fast bowler Archer will spend three days bowling at full tilt at Hove 

Jimmy Anderson has been ruled out of his scheduled return match for Lancashire this week because of a calf niggle.

Anderson, 38, was due to play against Kent at Canterbury from Thursday but the issue is said to be minor and a seven-day delay in returning to action just precautionary.

Anderson was expected to sit out the first two rounds of the Championship along with Stuart Broad in the build-up to England’s opening Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2. 

James Anderson was ruled out of his scheduled return for his county side Lancashire this week

His calf issue is understood to be minor and his seven-day delay to returning is precautionary

Stuart Broad (centre) was due to sit out two County Championship rounds but returned sooner

However, Broad’s request last week to bowl in a game rather than in the nets saw him play in Nottinghamshire’s home defeat by Warwickshire.

England captain Joe Root and fast bowler Mark Wood have also decided to alter their schedules. 

Root was due to sit out this week’s away fixture against Sussex, but will now look to build on his hundred versus Kent, while Wood has brought his start date forward a week to April 29. 

England captain Joe Root (second right) and Mark Wood (second left) altered their schedules

Meanwhile, fellow fast bowler Jofra Archer has stepped up his recovery from an elbow injury

Fellow fast bowler Jofra Archer has stepped up his comeback and will spend the first three days of this week bowling at full tilt in the Hove nets. 

Whether he travels to the Indian Premier League to play for Rajasthan Royals, stays to feature for Sussex or faces surgery will be dictated by how his troublesome right elbow responds.

Warwickshire’s Dom Sibley had a CT scan on Monday on the fractured second finger on his right hand.

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