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Kirtley to replace injured Anderson

Right-arm pace bowler James Kirtley will replace injured James Anderson in England's second one-dayer against Sri Lanka on Friday.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2003 18:47 IST

Right-arm pace bowler James Kirtley will replace injured James Anderson in England's second one-day international cricket match against Sri Lanka on Friday, team officials said.

Anderson hurt his right ankle while playing squash and will be forced to miss the match, team spokesman Mark Hodgson said on Thursday. A medical examination found that the Lancashire paceman suffered soft tissue damage, Hodgson said.

Team physiotherapist Dean Conway told reporters that the injury could keep Anderson sidelined for up to three weeks, but that it was "difficult to put an exact time scale on that at the moment."

Doctors "are optimistic that he'll be back... somewhere between 10 days to three weeks," Conway said.

Friday's match, the second in a series of three, is crucial for England. A defeat would put it out of contention.

Sri Lanka crushed the visitors by 10 wickets in the opening match on Tuesday at the central Sri Lankan town of Dambulla.

Kirtley has played 10 one-day international so far and taken nine wickets.

"An England team with Jimmy playing is a good sign," Kirtley said.

Anderson's absence is England's second setback in recent weeks. Paceman Steve Harmison pulled out of the test series because of a lingering back injury. The absence of the lanky fast bowler seriously weakens the England bowling attack.

Sri Lanka went in with three pace bowlers on Tuesday, two of them making their debuts. The trio took seven wickets to dismiss England for 88 — their second lowest total in a one-dayer.

English skipper Michael Vaughan has vowed to bounce back and square the one-day series.

"We want to make sure that we work hard in the next two days, analyzing the game," Vaughan said.

First Published: Nov 20, 2003 18:44 IST