By Lawrence Booth for the Daily Mail
Published: 21:12 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 21:25 BST, 1 August 2019
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
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
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