Time and again, pace bowling spearhead James Anderson has stood his hand up and he did the same in the recently concluded Cape Town Test match picking up a brilliant five-wicket haul to rattle South Africa in the first innings and hand England a crucial first innings lead. England won the second Test match by 189 runs and also registered their first win at Cape Town after 63 years. With the four-match Test series now levelled at 1-1, England have suffered a massive blow with James Anderson having been ruled out for the last two Test matches.
The veteran pacer will now be returning to the UK in the next few days. As per the statement released by the ECB, Anderson reported of “tightness and discomfort” on the final day morning of the second Test match. He did not bowl much in the fourth innings of the Cape Town Test match. Craig Overton, who was earlier called-up as cover will now remain with the national squad.
Jofra Archer and Mark Wood expected to be available for the third Test
The pace bowling duo comprising of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, who were not available for the second Test match , are expected to be available for the upcoming games. The third Test match between South Africa and England scheduled in Port Elizabeth will be starting from January 16.