James Anderson out of first Test against South Africa

England paceman James Anderson has been ruled out of the first Test against South Africa with a calf strain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.

England will be without their pace-bowling talisman Jimmy Anderson when they take on South Africa in the first Test match on Boxing Day.   -  AP

England paceman James Anderson has been ruled out of the first Test against South Africa with a calf strain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.

Anderson, England's leading Test wicket-taker, underwent a scan on his right calf muscle on Tuesday and will not be risked for the first Test, which begins on Boxing Day. England hope that the 33-year-old will be fit for the second Test in Cape Town on January 2.





Anderson was present for training on the Kingsmead outfield on Thursday, but was restricted to kicking a football around with bowling coach Ottis Gibson. Warwickshire's Chris Woakes is expected to take his place for the first Test.