James Anderson had sustained a serious rib injury in the earlier stages of the Ashes tour down under, but, in spite of that, he kept playing for his team and that’s something which is quite appreciable.
While batting in the Adelaide test match, Anderson had got hit by a short ball from Peter Siddle and he had looked in a lot of pain after that, but, the English team management didn’t pay much attention to that considering it just a minor blow.
However, Anderson’s pain increased gradually and before the 4th test match which was to be played in Melbourne, he finally had to go for the tests which revealed that he had actually suffered a breakage after being hit on the ribs in Adelaide.
But, the swing bowler was so keen to save his team from the whitewash that he didn’t return back home. He played in the remaining couple of test matches as well and in fact, in the Melbourne test match, he put up a great show. He got 4 Aussie batsmen out in the first innings. He couldn’t prevent Australia from winning the match though as the hosts clinched an 8-wicket victory to go up by 0-4 in the series.
Being the gun bowler of the England team, Anderson was supposed to do a lot of damage down under, but, he couldn’t do even 50% of what was expected off him and injury might have been the main reason behind that. However, his form wasn’t that great either.
According to the reports, Anderson should be fit for the test series against Sri Lanka which will be played in a few months’ time.
Anderson is currently the second highest wicket taker for England in the test matches. Only Ian Botham has taken more test wickets than him for the Three Lions.