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May 2, 2006
"It's a huge blow to Jimmy," said Mike Watkinson, Lancashire's coach. "He's worked hard and patiently at his cricket to get back into the Test and one-day environment and obviously was hoping to be involved with England right through this summer. But he is a fighter and he will get all the help possible at Old Trafford to overcome this setback."
This is a further blow for England a day after Simon Jones was forced to leave the field when he felt a twinge in his knee. Anderson has recently forced his way back into the Test team, playing a major role in England's victory at Mumbai, which levelled the series at 1-1. He then played a significant role in the one-day matches that followed and has been rested since his return home from the tour.
Anderson has had injury problems before, involving his heel and ankle. On the 2003-04 tour of Sri Lanka he injured his ankle playing squash and was then forced to withdraw from the England squad to play New Zealand, at Headingley, in 2004 with a heel problem.
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Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?