sport news Ashes 2019: Has Jimmy Anderson bowled his last ball against Australia?

After injury nightmare strikes again... has England's leading test wicket-taker Jimmy Anderson bowled his last ball against Australia? Jimmy Anderson bowled four overs for just one run when injury struck again The England bowler felt tightness in his right calf and went to hospital for a scan Anderson is now fighting to be fit for rest of first Test and Ashes series  Next Ashes is not until 2021-22 in Australia when Anderson will be 39 years old  In Anderson's absence England struggled to dismiss the Australian tail 

By Lawrence Booth for the Daily Mail

Published: 21:12 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 21:25 BST, 1 August 2019

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If England could have nominated a nightmare scenario for the first morning of a five-match Ashes series squeezed into 47 days, it would have been Jimmy Anderson leaving the field before the end of his opening spell.

Sure enough, after four probing overs in which he conceded just one run, and with Australia’s top order looking tentative under cloudy skies, the leading wicket-taker in England’s Test history felt tightness in his right calf.

It was a probable recurrence of the injury that had ruled him out of last week’s game against Ireland, and off he headed to hospital for a scan. The results will not be clear until Friday, but the vibe was not good.

Jimmy Anderson bowled four overs in the morning session on day 1 before he felt his calf

Jimmy Anderson bowled four overs in the morning session on day 1 before he felt his calf 

Anderson looked understandably despondent as he trudged off the pitch to receive treatment

Anderson looked understandably despondent as he trudged off the pitch to receive treatment

The 37-year-old enters the dressing room and had a scan in hospital on Thursday afternoon

The 37-year-old enters the dressing room and had a scan in hospital on Thursday afternoon

Aged 37, and less than a month after he tore the same muscle playing for Lancashire, Anderson — it seems reasonable to suggest — may struggle to reappear this summer.

Whisper it, but with the next Ashes tour not taking place until 2021-22, he may just have bowled his last ball against Australia. Everyone

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