Qantas Ashes Tour of England

Anderson floored by knee injury

England quick hobbles off the ground after copping a blow to the knee playing for Lancashire

AFP

13 May 2019, 08:47 AM AEST

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 Sunday.

The 36-year-old Anderson left the field at Southampton and will now require further medical assessment on Monday.

Anderson walks off the ground at the Rose Bowl // Getty
Anderson walks off the ground at the Rose Bowl // Getty

"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 Muralidaran (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619) ahead of him.

As Anderson no longer plays one-day international cricket, his 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 last September - a victory that completed a 4-1 series win.

Qantas Ashes Tour of the UK 2019

Tour match: Australia v Australia A, Hampshire, July 23-26

First Test: August 1-5 at Edgbaston, Birmingham

Tour match: Australia v Worcestershire, August 7-9

Second Test: August 14-18 at Lord's, London

Third Test: August 22-26 at Headingley, Leeds

Tour match: Australia v Derbyshire, August 29-31

Fourth Test: September 4-8 at Old Trafford, Manchester

Fifth Test: September 12-16 at The Oval, London