James Anderson
James Anderson faces a race against time to play in the fifth TestGetty

England fast bowler James Anderson is out of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge with a side strain. He suffered the injury during Australia's second innings on day two at the second Test at Edgbaston, leaving the field after three balls of his ninth over in the evening session.

The 33-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on 30 July, will play no further part in the third Test, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed. The Lancashire seamer's fitness will be assessed over the next fortnight ahead of the fifth Test at the Oval beginning on 20 August.

After taking 6-47 in Australia's first innings, Anderson took 1-15 on day two and is likely to be named man of the match after his performance on the opening day.

Durham's Mark Wood, who was ruled out of the third Test with an ankle injury, and uncapped Derbyshire left-armer Mark Footitt are among the contenders to replace Anderson for the fourth Test.

Wood has played just four Test matches, taking 14 wickets at an average of 39.21, while 29-year-old Footitt has 248 first-class scalps.