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James Anderson, right, was denied the opportunity to return from injury today as Lancashire’s Friends Life t20 game was abandoned

James Anderson’s comeback from a side strain was delayed when Lancashire’s Friends Life t20 match against Worcestershire at New Road was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Anderson, who was expected to feature for his county today, has not played since picking up the injury in the first npower Test versus Sri Lanka late last month, but was this morning named in England’s squad for the third Test starting on Thursday.

A steady downpour set in at dawn and, with up to an inch of rain forecast for the Worcester area, it was no surprise when umpires Jeff Evans and David Millns called the North Group game off at 2.30pm.

For Worcestershire the loss of a crowd-pulling fixture was another setback, coming on top of the washout a week earlier in the their opening FLt20 home game against Durham.

The only other year in which they suffered two home abandonments in the competition was 2007, when they had to leave New Road in the second half of the summer because of flooding at their headquarters.

Today's washout leaves Lancashire with six points from as many games and Worcestershire with four from five.

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