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James Anderson will not bowl again in the opening npower Test at Cardiff after a scan showed a grade one strain to his left side

England were dealt an injury blow today with confirmation that James Anderson will not bowl again in the first npower Test against Sri Lanka - and is a doubt for the Lord's Test next week.

Anderson left the field for treatment twice at Cardiff yesterday and bowled just four overs in the final two sessions - and a solitary over after tea.

He was nonetheless the pick of England's bowlers in the first innings as Sri Lanka made 400, returning figures of 3-66 from 28 overs.

Although Anderson is able to bat pain-free, and will resume his innings as nightwatchman if and when the rain relents, he has been diagnosed with a grade one strain in his left side.

An ECB statement read: "He will bat as it poses minimal risk of further damage. His involvement in the second npower Test will be determined following assessment after the first Test."

The second Test at Lord's gets under way next Friday.

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