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Anderson out of first Ashes Test

Anderson out of first Ashes Test

Bowling great Jimmy Anderson was on Tuesday left out of the England team for the first Ashes Test as Pat Cummins warned his Australian side boasting some of “the all-time greats” would be tough to beat, reports AFP. The home team head into the Ashes opener in Brisbane on Wednesday defending the hallowed urn and with their arch-rivals having a dismal record in Australia, losing nine of their last 10 Tests. The task for Joe Root’s side was made harder on the eve of the Ashes when veteran Anderson --Test cricket’s most prolific fast bowler with 632 wickets -- was not named in England’s 12-man match squad for the opening clash at the Gabba. Anderson was not risked after reportedly suffering a minor calf problem, although England did not give any reason for his omission. But wicketkeeper Jos Buttler told the BBC: “Jimmy’s not going to play but he is fit. It’s just precautionary.”