England pacer James Anderson suffers groin injury ahead of Ashes 2023

Vikhyat Jain

May 12 2023
James Anderson

A huge scare for England ahead of the Ashes after James Anderson reported an injury

One of England’s all-time premium fast-bowler, James Anderson has got the whole nation tensed after the ace bowler was reported with an injury in the county game. James Anderson did not take the field for Lancashire against Somerset on day two at Old Trafford as a ‘precaution’ following a groin injury. Anderson’s invaluable presence in the Ashes squad is no new introduction to fans of cricket and especially, when it is in home ground of England.

Anderson was pulled from action for Lancashire on day two against Somerset at Old Trafford after bowling 14 overs on day one before feeling a twinge in the area. The 40-year-old seamer did not appear on the field at all on the second day as a precaution while he received attention from physio Sam Byrne. By the looks of it, the injury isn’t severe at the moment as it has been described by Lancashire as a ‘minor issue’ and it is hoped that further assessment will confirm there isn’t a tear.

In a prolonged career like James’, injuries are bound to happen although this might just not be the right time to happen for all the English fans. Anderson was playing his fourth game of the season for Lancashire and his last before the Ireland Test at Lord’s in three weeks, so it is understandable that no chances will be taken if he feels even the slightest discomfort. The England camp will hope for his return well before the Ashe begin.

With Jofra Archer and Olly Stone already ruled out of the Ashes, the omission of their talisman bowler will be the last thing they would want right now.

An Ashes Return to the Home – England’s Dream

2015 was the last time England won the Ashes and it has been 8 years since then that England could bring the Urn back home. In the latest Ashes series, England was completely battered by the home side as Australia retained the Urn 4-0. England will hope for a turnaround in their fortunes and will look to bring joy to their fans.

The 2023 Ashes will kick off on June 16 with the first Test slated to unfold at Edgbaston, Birmingham. England will hope to have a full-strength squad in order to beat Australia which looks as formidable as ever. With the home conditions in favour of England, they might feel more confident and avenge the degrading loss to the Kangaroos on their tour to their shores in 2021-22.

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