With a cloud over Stuart Broad's participation in the second Test at Lord's England have been dealt with a further blow as their leading wicket-taker James Anderson missed training on Wednesday (August 11) due to a thigh strain, according to The Guardian.
He missed training as a precautionary measure. Anderson picked up four wickets in the first Test at Trent Bridge, including the wicket of Virat Kohli for a first-ball duck.
If both Anderson and Broad were to miss out, it would be only the second time neither of them would have featured in a home Test since 2007. The duo have 1,145 Test wickets between them.
At Trent Bridge, Anderson became the third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, surpassing Anil Kumble.
England have called up fast bowler Saqib Mahmood as cover after impressive limited-overs series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He was in fact named the player of the series during the ODI series against Pakistan. Like Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali, Mahmood too will be joining the squad straight from The Hundred where he represented the Oval Invincibles.
Mark Wood and Craig Overton are other fast bowling options for England in the squad.