Jimmy Anderson bowls six overs for Lancs’ Second XI as he tries to prove his fitness for the crucial fourth Ashes Test at his home ground Old Trafford
- England have been handed a boost after Jimmy Anderson returned to action
- The 37-year-old bowled six overs in his opening spell for a Lancashire Second XI
- Anderson is on the comeback from a calf injury which ended his Ashes opener
- England are hopeful Anderson can prove his fitness ahead of the fourth Test
Jimmy Anderson bowled six overs in his opening spell for a Lancashire Second XI as he attempted to prove his fitness for the fourth Ashes Test.
The 37-year-old is recovering from a calf injury which cut short his involvement in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston and ruled him out of the next two Tests at Lord’s and Headingley.
Anderson, who returned in a friendly against a Leicestershire side last week, went wicketless in his opening spell against a Durham Second XI at Chester Boughton Hall, although his six overs yielded just seven runs.
Jimmy Anderson has returned to action and is looking to prove hit fitness for the Ashes
The England star bowled six overs in his opening spell for a Lancashire Second XI
Anderson is recovering from a calf injury which cut short his involvement in the Ashes opener
Injury to his calf saw Anderson’s first Test cut short at Edgbaston on August 1
The manufacturing of a second XI contest – at a time when the first-class counties are engaged in the final week of Vitality Blast group games – provides echoes of 2018.
A year ago Lancashire twos hosted their Nottinghamshire counterparts in a hastily-arranged match at Old Trafford, as he came back from a shoulder injury between the Pakistan and India Test series.
Four-times Ashes winner Anderson is hoping to win his 150th Test cap at his home ground of Old Trafford, starting on September 4, but the England hierarchy want to be confident about his match fitness before plunging him back into the series.
The 37-year-old is hoping to prove his fitness in order to return in time for the fourth Ashes Test
Anderson didn’t look entirely comfortable as he returned to the action following a lay-off
In Anderson’s absence, England pulled off Headlingley heroics with Ben Stokes the driving force.
Stokes’ epic performance in England’s miraculous one-wicket win over Australia in Leeds has seen him rise to a career-high 13th in the official Test batting rankings as a result.
Stokes, whose unbeaten 135 denied the Australians the chance to retain the urn with two matches in hand, has surged to 693 rating points, elevating him 13 places and beyond his previous best position of 19th.