James Anderson, playing for the first time since early January after being controversially dropped from the England squad for the West Indies Test series in March, is 0-30 in an economic 16 spell against Gloucestershire in Emirates Old Trafford
Last update: 21/04/22 18:59
James Anderson made a low-key return to action as he won 16 overs without a wicket for Lancashire on day one of their County Championship clash at home to Gloucestershire.
Anderson, playing for the first time since early January after being controversially dropped from the England squad for the West Indies Test series in March, recorded 0-30 numbers in an economic spell at Emirates Old Trafford.
The 39-year-old, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker with 640 scalps in 169 appearances, said in February he was “praying” his international career was not over and that he still had “much to offer”. and “hunger and passion to play”.
Anderson was joined in Lancashire by compatriot Saqib Mahmood, who was one of the few bright spots in England’s 1-0 defeat in the West Indies as he took six wickets from two games and reached a career-best 49 from the No. 11 spot.
Mahmood (2-44) bagged two wickets on Thursday, dismissing Marcus Harris for 67 and Gloucestershire skipper Graeme van Buuren for four.
It was Pakistani designer Hasan Ali who was the star of the show, claiming 6-47 as the visitors were knocked out for 252 after opting to beat first in Manchester. Lancashire closed the day on 11-1 in their first innings, with George Balderson short five on the stump shot.
Stuart Broad – who, like Anderson, has been left out of the West Indies tour – has been made available for Nottinghamshire’s clash at Durham but has delayed his return until next week’s home game with Worcestershire at Trent Bridge .
Ollie Robinson (illness) and Chris Woakes (injury) are out of action for Sussex and Warwickshire respectively this week, while Durham’s Mark Wood remains sidelined after undergoing elbow surgery after collapsing in the first Test in the Caribbean last month.
England’s first home Test of the summer is against New Zealand at Lord’s from June 2, with new men’s cricket general manager Rob Key planning this after being appointed over the Easter weekend.
England are to select a new Test captain following Joe Root’s decision to step down after four years in charge – Ben Stokes is the heavy favorite for the job – and also a head coach.
Key could split the coaching roles between red-ball cricket and white-ball cricket as he ponders how to replace Chris Silverwood, who left following the Ashes’ 4-0 loss to England.