Lancashire and England bowler James Anderson A little over a month into his start, he maintained “a slight strain in his right groin”. Ashes.

The 40-year-old paceman left the pitch just before the close of the game on Thursday – the opening day of Lancashire’s county game against Somerset – and was not featured further due to what was described as a “minor issue” at the time.

The PA news agency learned that Anderson had a screening Saturday night, and that a Sunday evening statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board shed more light on the situation.

“Lancashire and England sailor James Anderson suffered a slight strain in his right groin during Lancashire’s LV= Insurance County Championship Division One match against Somerset at Emirates Old Trafford.”

Anderson was injured while bowling on day one on Thursday and was out of the field for the remainder of the game (Sunday), which ended in a draw.

“His condition will be evaluated closer to the LV= Insurance Test match. Irelandwhich will take place at Lord’s starting Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Anderson starred at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday, then emerged from the trials in his fourth consecutive four-day match for Red Rose and his final game before his only Test against Ireland.

England declared he was ready for duty with a brilliant opening eight-on-eight spell, where he knocked down five maidens, hit for five runs, and claimed two wickets.

Earlier on Sunday, Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple said after the final day’s stalemate: “Jimmy bowled really well in the first innings. It just irritated his groin. I don’t think it’s anything too serious.

“We have to be positive about his recovery, but obviously he did too badly to be in the game today.

“It looks like a thin crotch to me.”

The first Ashes Test begins June 16 in Edgbaston.