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James Anderson ruled out of Ashes, England call up Craig Overton

James Anderson ruled out of Ashes, England call up Craig Overton”

England's record wicket-taker James Anderson will miss the rest of the Ashes after failing to recover from a calf injury.

The huge blow for Anderson and an England side facing two more Tests that will decide the biggest series in cricket came with news Anderson had suffered a reaction to his fitness test for Lancashire seconds against Durham at Chester.

The 37-year-old Lancashire paceman had tried to get fit for the fourth Test at his Old Trafford home ground starting on Wednesday.

Watch the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia live on Sky Sports The Ashes from 10am on Wednesday.

Ben Stokes carved Pat Cummins to the boundary to seal an incredible win for England in the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

"He immediately sought a medical assessment from Lancashire and was withdrawn from the remainder of the game", the statement added.

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Overton made his Test bow during the 2017-18 Ashes series Down Under while the last of his three caps came against New Zealand in March past year, when England succumbed to 58 all out in Auckland - a total that would have been even more ignominious had it not been for the Somerset seamer's unbeaten 33. However, while delivering his ninth over on Thursday, he felt pain in his right calf and was subsequently assessed by England's medical team. Anderson is now fourth on the all-time list of Test wicket-takers, with 575.

His tally is the most by any quick bowler, with Anderson fourth in the all-time list of leading Test wicket-takers. He has never hinted at setting a retirement date, but will be 39 by the time England next tour Australia in 2021-22.

England head to the north-west emboldened by their win in Leeds, achieved thanks largely to Ben Stokes' majestic 135 not out, but Australia need only prevail in one of the final two Tests to guarantee their retention of the urn. England have lost all three Tests he has played.

This season, in eight County Championship games, Overton has 32 wickets, averaging 21.34. Roy, who starred for his country in the World Cup, has looked more or less clueless in Tests so far and has averaged only 9.50 in six Ashes innings. Overton, who featured twice in the 2017-18 Ashes, is likely to join Sam Curran in vying with Chris Woakes for the No. 8 spot.

Despite being bowled out for just 67 - their lowest Ashes total in 71 years - in the first innings at Headingley, England have retained the same set of specialist batsmen, although they could yet rejig their top order.



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