England gait bowler James Anderson is a doubt for a Boxing Day Test opposite South Africa with a calf injury.
Anderson, England’s heading wicket-taker in Tests, was sent for scans on Tuesday after pang narrowing in his right calf muscle.
A preference on his impasse in a initial Test in Durban is doubtful to be taken until Thursday.
The 33-year-old was complacent for England’s feat over South Africa A in their final warm-up game.
Having gifted tenderness in his calf given a start of a tour, Anderson has bowled usually 5 overs, in a 13-a-side compare opposite a South Africa Invitational XI final week.
Anderson, who has taken 426 wickets in 110 Tests, missed a final dual Tests of England’s Ashes delight over Australia this summer with a side strain.
England face South Africa, a top-ranked Test side, in a four-match array with a second Test in Cape Town starting dual days after a initial is due to end.
If Anderson is ruled out, England are approaching to call on dual of Chris Woakes, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan or Mark Footitt to join Stuart Broad in a gait attack.
Finn, 26, claimed 6 wickets in England’s win by an innings and 91 runs over South Africa A, carrying been a late call-up to a patrol after recuperating from a feet injury.
South Africa paceman Dale Steyn, a array one-ranked Test bowler, has been announced fit to face England after blank a new 3-0 array better in India with a groin strain.
Fellow bowler Vernon Philander is approaching to skip a start of a array after injuring his ankle in a warm-up football diversion in India final month.
AB de Villiers will keep wicket for a hosts in during slightest a initial dual Tests after Dane Vilas was forsaken and Quinton de Kock was not enclosed in their 13-man squad.