James Anderson ruled out of fourth Test with muscle injury

England have suffered a major blow ahead of the third day's play in the ongoing third Ashes Test match against Australia at Edgbaston. James Anderson has suffered a suspected torn muscle in-between his ribs.

James Anderson ruled out of fourth Test with muscle injury
James Anderson celebrates after taking a wicket against Australia in the ongoing third Test match at Edgbaston

New Delhi: England have suffered a major blow ahead of the third day's play in the ongoing third Ashes Test match against Australia at Edgbaston. James Anderson has suffered a suspected torn muscle in-between his ribs.

Reports suggest that the premium fast bowler will miss the remainder of the third Test, as well as the fourth Test, due to a side strain. James Anderson's fitness was to be assessed by England on Friday morning after the England pace bowler was forced off the field on day two. Anderson had to leave the field on Thursday, with spinner Joe Root finishing his over.

Anderson celebrating his 33rd birthday and playing his 37th successive Test match - had figures of 1-15 from 8.3 overs. He took six wickets in the first innings.

The England Cricket Board also stated on Friday that Anderson's availability for the fifth Test will be decided in due course.

England will have to rely upon Steven Finn and Stuart Broad now to wrap up the Aussie tail and go for the victory with chasing the target on Friday. Anderson's injury will be heavy for England ahead of the fourth Test and they will hope to get a suitable replacement.

Meanwhile, England outcast Kevin Pietersen suggested the English selectors to take him back in the squad as Anderson is out with an injury.

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