Anderson alive after Rankin's five

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Three of England's Ashes-winning squad mostly took a back seat at Edgbaston until James Anderson lifted Lancashire's spirits following their dismissal for 227 in the LV= County Championship match with Warwickshire.

Having faced 17 balls before becoming one of three wickets in an over for Boyd Rankin as he polished off the lower order, England seamer Anderson struck with his 16th delivery in his first championship appearance since last July.

Removing Ireland captain Will Porterfield - as he did two months ago before England lost a World Cup group match in Bangalore - Anderson probably deserved better than one lbw success in an eight-over spell costing 22 runs.

As it was, England team-mate Ian Bell and opener Varun Chopra got through to the close with Warwickshire reaching 39 for one, 188 behind.

Boyd Rankin

Boyd Rankin hastened Lancashire's collapse to a modest 227 all out with three wickets in an over, and five in total at a cost of 57 runs

While Anderson spent the first two sessions with his feet up, Bell and Jonathan Trott had a close-up view as Stephen Moore shored up Lancashire.

The opener batted for nearly three and a half hours for his 67 and when he was fifth out at 129, Luke Procter and Gareth Cross held up the home side for 23 overs in compiling a partnership of 90.

Fresh from a career-best 89 in the last match against Sussex, Procter recovered from a nervy start, reaching 46 before falling to Rankin, who finished with 5-57, while Cross was bowled for 44 in the following over by Rikki Clarke.

With regular Warwickshire skipper Jim Troughton ruled out by a shoulder injury, stand-in captain Bell lost the toss but was quickly compensated as Lancashire's batting misfired for the first time this season.

Having posted three totals in excess of 450, they were given a testing examination by an impressive Warwickshire attack.

Paul Horton departed in the third over, edging a Chris Woakes outswinger, and Karl Brown went for 13 when he was bowled offering no shot to Clarke's ninth delivery after replacing Woakes.

Moore showed signs of getting his game back on a consistent platform as he battled through the morning session.

He made only two championship half-centuries last year before his first season with the club was ended in June by a dislocated shoulder, but the signs are more promising this time with 215 runs from four innings.

Woakes and Clarke shared two more wickets soon after lunch - a slip catch ended Mark Chilton's contribution to a stand of 63 - and Moore finally departed, lbw to Rankin, in the 49th over.

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