James Anderson has good news for Lancashire cricket fans

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England paceman Jimmy Anderson is confident he will play for Lancashire before the end of the season following recovery from injury.

The 33-year-old missed the final two Ashes Tests after suffering a side strain, but is expected to be part of the England squad for the tour to the United Arab Emirates for games against Pakistan next month.

Anderson has yet to play for the Red Rose county this summer, but hopes to feature during the closing matches of the campaign, which include a County Championship Division Two title showdown with Surrey at Old Trafford.


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"I am hopefully going to play for Lancashire at the end of this season, which will be good. I am fully fit now, but it was frustrating at the time," said Anderson, appearing at cricket live lounge with BreatheSport at The Oval Cricket Ground, alongside Stuart Broad.

"I have never done an intercostal side muscle before, so I was obviously a bit worried about it.

"I have been very fortunate that in the last five years or so, I have not had an injury, so you just have to accept that it does happen and there could be a number of reasons for it to happen, so you just have to deal with it."

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Neither Anderson nor Broad were selected for the current one-day international squad against Australia and have not featured in the limited-overs format since the World Cup following what has been a gruelling Test schedule.

Anderson, England's leading international wicket-taker of all time, feels the current packed fixture list makes it " difficult to play all formats", but believes he still has "something to offer the one-day team".

Broad, meanwhile, is now the number two ranked bowler in the world following an impressive summer which included taking eight for 15 in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge which sealed the Ashes series victory.

The 29-year-old remains confident England's future is bright ahead of the 2017/2018 Ashes return trip to Australia, and tipped Zimbabwe-born Gary Ballance of County Champions Yorkshire to play a staring role.

"A player who I think has an incredible Test career ahead of him is Gary Ballance. I know he missed out after Lord's, but let's not forget he still averages 48 in Test match cricket and has been young batsman of the year," said Broad.

"He has a temperament which is very much suited to maybe the old style of Test cricket, but he does not want to give his wicket away, he will bat for you all day.

"At times we forget he has never batted three in his life, he bats at number five.

"He was asked to bat at number three for England and came to average 60 and did incredibly well.

"As every cricketer I have ever known, he had a bit of a tough period for five or six Test matches, missed out and so missed an incredible part of the summer, but he will at some stage come back into this England Test team to have a huge amount of success, and I can see someone like him being like the rock of the English batting line-up for many years to come."

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