Published: Mon, September 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Roy and Denly to swap spots for next Ashes Test

Roy and Denly to swap spots for next Ashes Test

ASHES series loaded with twists and turns has encountered yet another with star England seamer Jimmy Anderson ruled out of the rest of the series.

England won a thrilling third Test at Headingley by one wickets thanks to Ben Stokes' remarkable unbeaten 135.

The immediate outcome is that England have instead added Craig Overton, last seen in the defeat by New Zealand at Auckland 18 months ago, to the same 12 that were named for what became the tumultuous third Test at Headingley.

But clearly England will have to be convinced that he really has consigned to history what is an "old man's" injury of a recurring calf strain before they pick him again, particularly as they have now found his successor in Jofra Archer. However, he experienced pain in his right calf and had to withdraw from the rest of the game.

England's James Anderson looks on during play on the opening day of the first Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England on August 1, 2019.

He stepped up his recovery by bowling 20 overs on Tuesday while representing Lancashire in a second-string fixture against Durham at Chester Boughton Hall and sent down a further nine on Thursday.

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"He immediately sought a medical assessment from Lancashire and was withdrawn from the remainder of the game".

"Further review with the European Central Bank medical team has confirmed that he will be unavailable for the remaining two Specsavers Ashes Tests".

The 575-wicket paceman was on duty for Lancashire second XI for the second week in a row, looking to prove his fitness for the climax of the series against Australia.

England's all-time leading wicket-taker, who had originally sustained the injury playing for Lancashire in early July, broke down after four overs of the first Test at Edgbaston this month.

England selectors in recent times have given a chance more than a dozen players to open for England in Test matches.

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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