Anderson to undergo scan on side

“Fingers crossed he’s not another casualty of this tour,” England captain Root says of Anderson

Last Updated: 07/01/20 6:45pm

James Anderson spent time off the field as England beat South Africa on the final day in Cape Town
James Anderson spent time off the field as England beat South Africa on the final day in Cape Town

England seamer James Anderson will undergo scans on a side injury after struggling through the fifth day of the 189-run win over South Africa in the second Test at Cape Town.

Anderson claimed his 28th Test five-wicket haul in the Proteas’ first innings at Newlands and two in their second, though he spent time off the field as the game finished on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old returned from a five-month lay-off due to a calf injury during the first Test at Centurion but could now be a doubt for the third in Port Elizabeth from January 16.

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Anderson had Anrich Nortje caught at slip by Ben Stokes in South Africa’s first innings to complete his 28th five-wicket haul in Test cricket
Anderson had Anrich Nortje caught at slip by Ben Stokes in South Africa’s first innings to complete his 28th five-wicket haul in Test cricket

“He’ll go for a scan, get some treatment and we’ll see how he pulls up,” said England captain Joe Root after his side drew level in the four-match series

“It’s his side, but it could be just a little niggle. It could be a 24 to 48-hour thing or it could be something else.

“Until we have more information we’ll just treat it as best we can and fingers crossed he’s not another casualty of this tour.”

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Anderson says he missed playing ‘proper Test cricket’ during his five-month injury absence
Anderson says he missed playing ‘proper Test cricket’ during his five-month injury absence

Opening batsman Rory Burns is out of this tour and the March trip to Sri Lanka after sustaining ankle ligament damage playing football.

Seamer Jofra Archer also missed the Cape Town victory with a sore right elbow but is expected to be fit for the third Test at St George’s Park.

Fellow quick Mark Wood could also play in that Test, having stepped up his training after overcoming side and knee issues that have sidelined him since July’s World Cup final.

Watch day one of the third Test between South Africa and England, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 7.30am on Thursday, January 16.

Source : Sky Sports