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England swing king in Ashes injury scare

London: England have been given a major Ashes scare after Jimmy Anderson hurt his calf and was forced to leave the field during a county game.

He had bowled two balls in the first over of the day on Tuesday, the 84th of Lancashire’s county championship game against Durham, when he left the ground at Sedbergh School.

An injury scare for England's Jimmy Anderson ahead of the Ashes.

An injury scare for England’s Jimmy Anderson ahead of the Ashes.Credit:AAP

The veteran spearhead had three times attempted to bowl but had needed to stretch between each delivery. He then decided it was best to leave the field and seek treatment.

In a statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board said: “Jimmy Anderson has sustained tightness to his right calf. He will not bowl again in the game and will continue to be assessed.”

Anderson, 36, had claimed his 950th first-class wicket on Monday.

He is now in race to be fit for the Ashes opener at Edgbaston, beginning August 1.

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