London - England spearhead James Anderson could be in for a "painful few days"
according to Lancashire coach Glen Chapple after suffering a knee
injury while on county duty.
Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, was hit on
the inside of his knee by a drive from James Fuller during Lancashire's
four-wicket defeat by champions Hampshire in a One-Day Cup semi-final on
The 36-year-old Anderson left the field at Southampton and will now require further medical assessment on Monday.
"It is a nasty blow in a painful area," said Chapple. "We don't know
but we think that it will be a nasty bruise that will settle down in the
next few days.
"The physio will see him in the morning and he walked off there."
Chapple, himself a former Lancashire paceman, added: "It is a
difficult area. As soon as there is any swelling in there it will
restrict your movement and limit your strength. I imagine it will be
painful for a few days."
Anderson's tally of 575 Test wickets is the most by any fast bowler
in history, with only the spin trio of Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane
Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619) ahead of him.
As Anderson no longer plays one-day international cricket this injury
will have no bearing on tournament hosts England's squad for the
upcoming 50-over World Cup.
And there ought to be plenty of time for Anderson to recover before
England's bid to regain the Ashes starts with the first Test against
Australia at Edgbaston commencing on August 1.
The England cornerstone broke Australia great Glenn McGrath's record
of 563 Test wickets, the previous best by a fast bowler, when he sealed a
118-run win over India at The Oval in September -- a victory that
completed a 4-1 series win.