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England pace bowler James Anderson will be sidelined for six weeks due to a shoulder problem.
While Anderson will not represent Lancashire in their County Championship games against Worcestershire on June 20 and Hampshire on June 25, he is likely to be fit in time for the five-Test series against India, which begins on August 1 at Edgbaston.
England head coach Trevor Bayliss hopes that giving Anderson some time off will help him recover and enable him to get prepared for the series against India.
“We have five Tests against India in a six-week period from August 1, which will be an intense and challenging period for all our bowlers, and therefore it’s vital that we ensure Jimmy goes into that series in the best possible condition,” he was quoted as saying by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) website. “Jimmy has to manage the issue with his right shoulder, and we’ve been advised that the best way for him to prepare for the India series is to take a six-week break from cricket now, initially to rest it and then to work slowly back to cricket.
“That six-week period covers Lancashire’s two Championship matches over the next three weeks. We will then monitor to see where Jimmy is at and ensuring he is ready for the India series.”
Delving deeper into Anderson’s shoulder injury, former England captain Michael Atherton was quoted by Sky Sports as saying: “His shoulder is hanging off, basically, as he has bowled so much over the years. He was having real issues with his shoulder during the Ashes over the winter.
“He got through but Jimmy is no spring chicken these days and this problem isn’t going to go away. It is a case of managing him and his workload in order to extend his career.”