Anderson could miss first Test with injury

England

England Fast bowler, James Anderson, is in doubt for the first Test against Pakistan, after suffering a stress fracture to his right shoulder.

The ECB confirmed that Anderson will miss Lancashire's County Championship contests against Middlesex and Nottinghamshire, but will be assessed again ahead of the first Test on July 14, before any decision will be made.

According to reports, Anderson suffered the injury during the third Test against Sri Lanka but England are hopeful he will be fit to face Pakistan at Lord's.

The ECB released a statement regarding Anderson's injury: "Due to the nature of the injury, Jimmy's availability for the Pakistan Test series, commencing on July 14, will be determined following ongoing management and review by both the ECB and Lancashire's medical teams,"

Anderson has been the leader of the England attack for some time, and despite England's strength in the fast bowling department losing him would be a massive blow.

Should he be unavailable, he is likely to be replaced either by Ben Stokes, who is himself returning from a knee injury, or Nottinghamshire seamer, Jake Ball who was a part of the England squad for the series against Sri Lanka but didn't get a game.

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