Birmingham - James Anderson, England's all-time leading wicket-taker, is in
danger of missing the fourth Test against Australia and possibly the rest of
the Ashes series after suffering a side injury at Edgbaston on Thursday.
Anderson left the field three balls into his ninth over in Australia's
second innings of the third Test at Edgbaston with what appeared to be a side
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) subsequently released a statement
via Twitter saying Anderson had a "tight side" and would be
Anderson's absence on Thursday did not harm England unduly, with recalled
fast bowler Steven Finn taking five for 45 as Australia closed on 168 for seven
- a lead of just 23 runs with three days left in the match.
England are still in pole position to go 2-1 up in the five-match series,
even if Anderson doesn't bowl again in this match.
But they would dearly love to have him fit in time for next week's fourth
Test at Trent Bridge.
However, England great Ian Botham said he feared Anderson would be ruled out
of the series.
"If it's an intercostal, we won't see him again in this series,"
the former pace bowling all-rounder said on Sky Sports.
"You can't sneeze, can't cough, can't laugh. You have to let it
Anderson, who celebrated his 33rd birthday on Thursday, has a brilliant
record at Trent Bridge.