Anderson set to return

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James Anderson

James Anderson has been given the all-clear to return to action © Getty Images

James Anderson is expected to make his
long-awaited comeback for Lancashire in the Twenty20 benefit match against England.

The 24-year-old seamer has been sidelined all season with a stress fracture of the back sustained while playing for England during the one-day series in India.

He has had sustained treatment, which included wearing a corset, but has been given the
go-ahead by the Lancashire and England medical staff to make his comeback.

Anderson, included in England’s 30-man provisional squad for October’s Champions Trophy tournament in India, was supposed to make his comeback last Saturday as a batsman for Burnley in their Lancashire League match against Bacup.

But heavy rain washed out that fixture and Anderson will now take his place in a Lancashire line-up featuring Sajid Mahmood and New Zealand’s Nathan Astle.

There will also be guest appearances for Lancashire from Yorkshire’s Darren Lehmann, who hit a century in the Roses game at Old Trafford recently, and New Zealand’s Chris Cairns.

The England XI will be led by Andrew Strauss and includes Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard from the current Test side.

Former Lancashire and England wicket-keeper Warren Hegg will play behind the stumps for England.

The proceeds from the Asda Challenge Match will go towards the benefit of Andrew Flintoff, who is expected to give commentary over the PA system, and his nominated charities.

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