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Injury rules Anderson out of SA Tour

8th January 2020, 17:28 by Tom McGarry

James Anderson will miss the rest of England's Test series in South Africa with the rib injury sustained in the second Test.

England levelled the series up following their 189-run victory in Cape Town, with Anderson claiming his 28th five-wicket Test haul during the Proteas' first innings before taking another two during their second.

However, the victory came at a cost for the Lancastrian, as he spent time off the field during the final day of the contest on Tuesday due to a side strain and captain Joe Root confirmed he was set to undergo scans on the issue.

Unfortunately for the tourists, the news is not good and he will now miss the rest of the red-ball series due to his rib problem.

The 37-year-old only returned to the England fold for the series in South Africa following five months on the sidelines with a calf injury and he will be keen to avoid another enforced period on the treatment table.

Opening batsman Rory Burns has already been ruled out of the rest of the tour and the upcoming trip to Sri Lanka after damaging ankle ligaments before the second Test, while seamer Jofra Archer missed out in Cape Town because of an elbow injury.

Archer is expected to return for the third Test, however, which is due to get underway in Port Elizabeth on January 16.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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