England paceman James Anderson suffered an injury on the day 2 of the third Ashes 2015 Test, which forced him out of the field. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) posted on Twitter that Anderson suffered an injury and that will be assessed overnight. ECB has confirmed the news on Friday.
"It's obviously a big loss because he's the leader of the attack. I spoke to him after the scan and he was confident that he'd be okay for The Oval, which should be a big bonus for the last Test match," Broad said on Thursday.
England were right on top against Australia at Edgbaston, courtesy a superb spell of swing bowling from their spearhead Anderson who took a five-fer to reduce the Aussies for a meagre total of 136 in the first innings at Birmingham.
On day 2, Anderson apparently suffered a side strain and was forced to leave the field. He could not even complete the over that was later completed by Joe Root.
This could be a huge blow for England as Anderson could be ruled out of the remainder of the Ashes 2015.
"I've heard nothing yet. Obviously pulling up halfway through an over for someone like Jimmy, he wouldn't go off if it wasn't hurting. He's a huge player for us. He is the leader of our attack. He sets the tone with everything he does. Jimmy loves bowling at Trent Bridge, everyone knows that. If he was to miss it, it would be a big loss, but we don't know yet," Steven Finn, who also picked up five wickets on Day 2, told the reporters after the day's play.
Anderson holds an incredible record at Trent Bridge. He has managed to pick up 53 wickets in eight Test matches at an astounding average of 19.24. But if he is not available then he might be replaced by Mark Wood or Chris Woakes.
At this moment, England are in driver's seat as they have managed to reduce Australia to eight wickets. And, the lead has not crossed the 100 run mark. It will be interesting to see how long can Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc stay put at the crease.
"The game is most definitely still not won yet," said Finn. "They've got guys to come in who can bat, there will still be pressure on tomorrow and we have to do a professional job."