Whos crying now? Australian glee as cricketers rise from Ashes

Ross Houston
August 23, 2019

The 37-year-old seamer had a scan later in the day and despite batting in both of England's innings he did not feature again in the field, as Australia - inspired by Steve Smith - won by 251 runs.

England pacer James Anderson apologized to his teammates after bowling only four overs because of a calf injury on Day One of the first Ashes Test against Australia, revealed Stuart Broad. Anderson's fitness and the form of England's experienced middle order batsmen will all be weighing on the selectors' minds ahead of the second Test.

The hosts will be particularly reluctant to rush the right-armer back, given how his comeback left Root a bowler down in Birmingham.

"Anderson will miss the second Test match, which starts at Lord's on Wednesday August 14. He will be reassessed on an ongoing basis regarding his availability for the rest of Specsavers Ashes series".

Tim Paine didn't attempt to downplay the significance of Anderson's absence during his post-match press conference. "And we've got a captain who is that focused in there and he's the best wicketkeeper in the world", Langer said.

Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, England's heroes in the World Cup final last month, made it to lunch unscathed but Buttler (1) was removed in the first over after the break when Cummins collected his off stump with the sixth ball of the session.

"You'd be lying if you said psychologically it didn't make a difference to our team, and physically to theirs as well".

He did deny Lyon his first Test hat-trick, by blunting the next delivery and hung around with Chris Woakes for five overs before Woakes fended a Cummins bouncer to Steve Smith, who was the right man to take the match-winning catch, having scored twin tons to set up a famous win.

"Not at all. He passed every medical testing".

Instead, attention turned to the "redemption" of Smith from a tearful press conference a year ago to his Test-defining innings which humbled England, just weeks after they were crowned ODI world champions. England are unlikely to take another risk on his fitness without it being proven in a match situation first but with the T20 Blast being played at present, opportunities are sparse. "It was a group decision in terms of the selection of him", Root said. "It's one of those freak scenarios where he pulled up", said Root.

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