London: England's spearhead James Anderson is in doubt for the second ODI against Australia at The Oval on Sunday after picking up a suspected groin strain during his side's 15-run victory over the tourists at Lord's. Anderson took the vital wickets of David Warner and George Bailey but grimaced his way through his spells and was unable to bowl out, leaving Ravi Bopara to deliver one over.
Alastair Cook, the England captain, said that Anderson appeared to have suffered a groin strain and would need to be assessed ahead of the second match of the series. Given the tight schedule surrounding these five matches and the Tests against South Africa that follow, the hosts would be unlikely to risk a half-fit Anderson, their most accomplished and experienced bowler.
"There is a slight worry about his groin, clearly he stayed out there, but he's just off the field now and we're going to have to assess him tomorrow morning and we'll let you know as soon as we know," Cook said. "We did discuss him staying off and he wanted to come back on and he obviously bowled after it. But that last over he didn't want to bowl it so we had to use another option."