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Ashes Betting News: Anderson In Doubt For Opening Ashes Test

After withdrawing from an exhibition test match against Ireland, England spearhead Jimmy Anderson faces a race against time to be fit to play in the opening Ashes test.
Jimmy Anderson
Jimmy Anderson remains in doubt for the opening Ashes test
Injured England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson faces a race against time to be fit for the opening Ashes test at Edgbaston on August 1 after withdrawing from a test match against Ireland on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old tweaked his calf playing county cricket for Lancashire against Durham on July 2 but was expected to play take part in the four-day test at Lord's. The English Cricket Board (ECB) decided to take no risks with their all-time leading wicket taker and left him out of the team.

The injury now leaves Anderson in a precarious position with the opening test just over a month away. The quick will have had no genuine match play for over a month leading into a series where he will need to play a significant role if England is to regain the Ashes urn.

Despite the injury news, Anderson's setback has done little to impact the first test markets.

England remain the $2 favourites at online bookmaker BetEasy to win the Edgbaston opener with Australia the $2.60 outsiders.

In a statement released by the ECB, Anderson's fitness will be monitored leading into next week.

"He (Anderson) will continue to be assessed ahead of the first Ashes test at Edgbaston on August 1."

Anderson's fitness is not the only concern for the home side heading into the opening test.

Fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, part of the World Cup-winning one-day team, were not available for selection for the Ireland test because both have suffered side strains. 

Wood is potentially out of the entire series given he has been ruled out for four to six weeks, while Archer will have a period of rest before being considered for Ashes selection.

Despite the depleted bowling stocks the markets are confident in England regaining the Ashes. Online bookmaker Bet365 has the Three Lions as $1.75 favourites to win this year's series.

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