Root reveals freak Anderson injury
James Anderson passed all fitness tests ahead of the opening Ashes Test and it was a freak scenario that ruled him out, Joe Root says.
Anderson hurt his calf playing for Lancashire in the lead up to the Ashes series, but was named in the side for the opening Test after being declared fit to play.
England's leading wicket taker lasted just four overs before suffering a recurrence, leading to him missing the rest of the Test as Australia won with ease.
"He went through every medical check and it was a unanimous decision from all parties," Root said. "We went about it how you normally would. It's one of those freak things, he pulled up in the middle of a game.
"It's easy in hindsight. Sometimes things go against you and you have to find a way of getting through the game. It was a fantastic effort considering we were a bowler down and we have to not dwell on it."
The 37-year-old is not expected to be fit for the next Test at Lord's, which begins on 14 August, but Root says they can still take wickets without him.
"We are still very capable of taking wickets and being more competitive than we were here in the rest of the series," he added.
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