Anderson joins Broad as fitness doubt for second Test after missing training on Wednesday
Anderson missed England’s training session at Lord’s on Wednesday morning, and ESPNcricinfo understands he is suffering from a tight quad. While the decision for him to miss training was precautionary, it could leave England without both of their senior seamers heading into the second Test.
The injury comes after a fallow first Test for Broad, who went wicketless in India’s first innings before finding a better rhythm second-time around, claiming KL Rahul’s wicket on the fourth evening before rain washed out an intriguing final day. He currently has 524 wickets at 27.84 in his 149 Tests to date, placing him sixth on the all-time Test wicket-takers list.
Mahmood, who impressed for England’s white-ball squad in the recent series against Pakistan, will link up with the squad at Lord’s on Wednesday. Moeen Ali is expected to return to the side to provide England with a spin option, while Mark Wood – unused in the first Test – is likely to join Ollie Robinson among the frontline seamers, with Sam Curran set to be retained in a more conventional allrounder’s role. That would leave Mahmood and Craig Overton, the Somerset allrounder, as fast-bowling cover, with one of the two replacing Anderson in the event he is ruled out.
He claimed nine wickets at 13.66 in England’s 3-0 series win in the ODIs against Pakistan in July, after being called up as part of an emergency squad following a Covid outbreak in England’s original party, and retained his place for the subsequent T20I series, where he picked up a further four wickets at 28.00.
He has since been one of the star bowlers in the first season of the Hundred, with five wickets at 22.40 for Oval Invincibles, though now looks set to miss their final two group games as they push for a play-off berth.
Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket