James Anderson ruled out of Ireland Test with calf injury


England fast bowler James Anderson has been ruled out of his side’s Ashes warm-up Test against Ireland at Lord’s.

Anderson, 36, sustained a calf injury playing for Lancashire against Durham on 2 July.

England’s record Test wicket-taker now faces a race to be fit for the opening Ashes fixture at Edgbaston on 1 August.

Fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer have side strains and were not named in the squad for the Ireland game, which starts on Wednesday.

Wood is unlikely to be fit before the fourth Ashes Test, which starts on 4 September, while England hope Archer could be available for the second Test, starting on 14 August.

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