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James Anderson set back by 12th man job at Twenty20 cup

Lancashire & England bowler James Anderson
Anderson has taken 13 Championship wickets to date

James Anderson has said his time as England's 12th man at the ICC World Twenty20 set him back after a good start to the season.

Before going to the West Indies, the 27-year-old pace bowler took nine wickets in Lancashire's County Championship win against Essex.

He told BBC Radio Manchester: "Having not played the past few weeks, I felt like it's put me back a little.

"I thought I was making good progress before I went away."

Anderson added: "It was very frustrating in the West Indies. I had come back from the injury and felt fit and strong. I was looking forward to playing some cricket when I went out there but it didn't work out like that.

"I just felt that rustiness again that I had at the start of the season.

"Obviously, it is a squad effort and I was there in case someone got injured.

"I had to do jobs like running drinks out. Although the management would say I was part of things because I was helping off the field and bowled at the guys in the nets, it's not the same as playing."



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