England's pace-men James Anderson to miss first Ashes Test in Brisbane

Anderson is set to miss first Test tomorrow as team management looks to manage his workload and get him primed for second Test

By Web Desk
December 07, 2021
James Anderson. --AFP/File

England's legendary pace-men James Anderson has been ruled out of the first Ashes Test which is set to kick-off at the iconic Gabba in Brisbane tomorrow as team management looks to manage his workload and get him primed for the second Test in Adelaide.

An England's team spokesperson confirmed: "Jimmy is fit to play, and is not carrying an injury, but with five Tests in six weeks, the plan was to get him ready for the second Test in Adelaide."

"With the limited build-up we have had so far on the tour, both him and the management didn't want to take the risk of him playing after what had happened in 2019 at Edgbaston when he broke down on the first morning."

"He bowled at full capacity yesterday for just short of an hour and was in a good place physically. He will stay with the Test group this week and work with the coaches at the Gabba rather than playing for the Lions," the spokesperson added.

England could also be without their other pacer with doubts over Stuart Broad.

Chris Woakes has been announced as Anderson's replacement, while Jonny Bairstow has been excluded for Ollie Pope.

Squad: Joe Root (c), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood