first_imgEngland fast bowler James Anderson will not play in the final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval due to a side strain, the BBC reported on Wednesday.The 33-year-old, England’s leading test wicket taker, missed the fourth match at Trent Bridge which the hosts won by an innings and 78 runs to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.Also read: Australia batsman Chris Rogers confirms he will quit after Ashes Mark Wood is likely to keep his place in the team in a four-man pace attack with Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Ben Stokes.Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that Anderson had trained with the team and was ready to take Wood’s place in the squad. “He had a bowl yesterday and he seemed fine and if he’s fit and ready to go it looks like he would get the nod,” Wood had said on Tuesday.Wood’s persistence to continue training with the team has paid off as he is likely to play in the starting XI.last_img read more