England’s medium-fast bowler, James Anderson, has been ruled out of the remaining South Africa series due to a rib injury. He sustained the injury during the final day of 2nd Test between England and South Africa at Cape Town.
James Anderson is the leading wicket-taker for England in Tests:
James Anderson is the leading wicket-taker of all time for England in Tests. He starred with his 28th 5-wicket haul in during the first innings of 2nd Test and had taken 9 wickets in 2 Tests.
Anderson went through a scan in Cape Town on Wednesday, January 8, which confirmed that it was a left rib injury he sustained. He will be now returning to England in a few days for treatment.
Anderson has played 151 Tests in his career and claimed 584 wickets with an average of 26.83.
The 37-year-old played his last Test before this South Africa series in August against Australia. He was out of action since then due to a calf injury.
James Anderson Tweets about his injury:
The medium-fast bowler said in his tweet that he was frustrated to miss the rest of the series and hopefully, he will be healed in a few weeks.
Frustrating to be missing the rest of this series with a broken rib but hopefully will be healed in a few weeks! Will be supporting the boys from home ??? pic.twitter.com/rPM3FebQi5
— James Anderson (@jimmy9) January 8, 2020
Craig Overton is expected to replace him in the squad for the rest of the series. Craig Overton, along with Dom Bess, was called in as cover when the entire touring party was affected by the sickness bug in South Africa.
Earlier, opener Rory Burns was also ruled out of the rest of the series due to an ankle injury sustained during football warm-up before practice. Pat Brown, who was part of the ODI and T20I leg of the tour, was also ruled out of the entire winter season due to lower back stress fracture which was sustained during Big Bash League (BBL).