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Jimmy Anderson ruled out of Boxing Day Test

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Thirty three year old England pacer James Anderson has been ruled out of the first test of the summer against South Africa in Durban due to a right calf injury.

The veteran pacer who traditionally is also the spearhead of the English attack has struggled for fitness ever since landing on South African shores and has barely featured for England so far in the practice games.

Anderson has begun light training with the hope of being fit for the second test that gets underway on 2nd January 2016.

In addition to missing an excellent exponent of the swinging ball, England will also be without arguably their best slipper with Anderson missing.

England head coach Trevor Bayliss spoke about the situation, saying, "From Stuart's point of view we've got an obvious replacement as leader of the attack there and I'm sure he would show that he could handle that as he did against Australia in the fourth Test. It's always a concern if your leading bowler or leading batter misses a game, but the last time Jimmy missed one we did pretty well, so you never know."

It is widely expected that Steven Finn will take Anderon's place in the line-up.