Injured Anderson to miss rest of Ashes series

Injured England bowler James Anderson practices on the first day of the 3rd Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Injured England bowler James Anderson practices on the first day of the 3rd Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

LONDON — England pace bowler James Anderson will miss the final two tests of the Ashes series after his calf injury flared up again.

Anderson, England's record wicket-taker in tests, was kept out of the second and third matches of the series against Australia after tearing a calf muscle in the first test at Edgbaston.

In attempting to prove his fitness for the fourth test starting in Manchester on Wednesday, Anderson played for Lancashire's reserve team in a four-day friendly match this week but had to pull out midway through.

England says Anderson "became aware of right calf pain" and is now unavailable for the remaining Ashes tests.

Craig Overton has been added to England's squad as another seam option.

England and Australia are tied 1-1 with two tests left in the Ashes.

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