England’s bowler James Anderson to miss the final two Tests in South Africa after he suffers a rib injury during their dramatic victory in Cape Town.
Anderson sustained the injury on the final day of the second Test.
MRI scans later confirmed he won´t be back in action until after the current tour.
It is a bitter blow for James, who was just two games into his comeback following the calf injury.
He endured the calf injury in last summer´s Ashes series.
Anderson spent almost five months working back to full fitness and showed signs of being back to his best with seven wickets in England´s series-levelling 189-run win.
But he was in visible discomfort on the final day.
James Anderson is England´s record Test wicket taker.
“James Anderson has ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against South Africa after sustaining a left rib injury in England´s second Test victory at Newlands,” an ECB statement said.
“Anderson felt tightness and discomfort at the end of the morning session on day five and was only able to bowl eight overs during the day. He will return to the UK in the next few days.”
Anderson tweeted: “Frustrating to be missing the rest of this series with a broken rib but hopefully will be healed in a few weeks! Will be supporting the boys from home.”
Anderson´s tally of 584 Test scalps makes him the most prolific seamer in Test history.
While, his appearance in the Boxing Day Test at Centurion saw him become just the ninth man to win 150 Test caps.
England were already giving consideration to sparing Anderson a thankless job on the spin-friendly pitches during their forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka.