James Anderson had injured his right calf during the first Ashes Test and then was ruled out of the second and third Test. @AFP

James Anderson continued his recovery from the calf injury as he took the field for Lancashire’s Second XI after being named in the 12-man squad for their four-day game against Durham at Chester Boughton Hall CC.

The veteran England pacer injured his right calf during the first Ashes Test and missed the next two. The 37-year-old is gearing up to be fit for the fourth Test which will commence at Old Trafford next week.

Anderson had earlier played for Lancashire second XI in a three-day game against Leicestershire last week.


“James Anderson has been named in a strong Second XI squad to face Durham, in a four-day friendly starting today at Chester Boughton Hall CC,” said Lancashire Cricket in a media release on Tuesday.

“After bowling nine overs at Northern last Tuesday, the 37 year-old will continue his recovery from a calf injury as he bids to be fit for the fourth Specsavers Ashes Test at Emirates Old Trafford next week,” added Lancashire Cricket.

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Anderson was replaced by Jofra Archer in England’s playing XI and the World Cup-winning hero made a solid impression scalping as many as 13 wickets, including a six-wicket haul, across two Tests.

While England lost the opening Test, they gave a mighty scare to Australia in the second Test before winning the third Test on the back of a sensational Ben Stokes hundred at Leeds to level the series 1-1, with two Tests to go.

Lancashire’s Second XI squad:

James Anderson, Tom Bailey, George Balderson, George Burrows, Ed Fluck, Tom Hartley, Rob Jones, George Lavelle, Toby Lester, Jack Morley, Sam Perry, Owais Shah.