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Anderson's Lancashire return delayed by match call-off

James Anderson
Anderson made his one-day debut for Lancashire in 2001

Lancashire's three-day fixture against Durham UCCE, due to start on Saturday, has been called off because of ongoing bad weather at the Racecourse Ground.

The cancellation means that England paceman James Anderson will have to wait to make his comeback from injury.

Anderson, 27, was rested for England's tour of Bangladesh because of his long-standing mystery knee problem but hoped to make his return against Durham.

Lancashire are due to play two more friendlies over the next 10 days.

Weather permitting, they will travel to Wantage Road to face Northants on 7 April and then start a two-day game against Durham the following day.

They are then due to begin the new domestic season with a County Championship game against Warwickshire at Old Trafford on 15 April.

Anderson, ranked the 13th best bowler in world cricket in both Tests and one-day internationals, was forced to take painkilling injections at the start of England's tour to South Africa, during which he took 16 wickets during the drawn four-Test series.

He had three more injections during the tour and then took a three-week break, but has admitted that he is still unsure why the joint is sore.

In an interview last week he said he was bowling "at three-quarters pace", adding that a number of specialists had failed to get to the bottom of his knee problem.

"I went to see a surgeon in London," he said. "And he didn't know what it was. All the doctors I have seen didn't have a clue."

Anderson was, however, named in the England squad announced on Wednesday for the ICC World Twenty20 starting at the end of April.



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