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James Anderson to miss final Ashes test

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Lancashire and England bowler James Anderson will miss the final test of the Ashes after failing to recover from a side strain.

Anderson picked up the injury in the third test at Edgbaston and has not been able to reach full fitness before the final test match of the summer against Australia.

Captain Alistair Cook said:

"Unfortunately he's not going to make it. He's gutted about it. He's made really good progress from where he was at Edgbaston but this is a week or so too soon."

"He bowled in the nets yesterday but at about 60-70 per cent and that's not how you go into a game. He's really gutted. The medical team have been brilliant with him but he's still about a week away."

– Alistair Cook



Ferguson on England supporters' Ferdinand chant

England have been reported to FIFA by anti-racism group FARE after chants about Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and his brother Anton during the games with San Marino and Montenegro.

Ferdinand, who withdrew from the England squad on fitness grounds, has condemned the chants on his Twitter page.

Sir Alex Ferguson fears it's a sign of the times.

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