England's Jimmy Anderson takes two wickets in his return
England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson is looking to prove his fitness ahead of the fourth test at Old Trafford.
Jimmy Anderson has returned to cricket
English fast bowler Jimmy Anderson has made his return to competitive cricket following the calf injury he sustained at Edgbaston in the opening Ashes test.
Anderson bowled nine overs and took two wickets on Tuesday as he looks to prove his fitness ahead of the fourth test at Old Trafford on September 4.
The 37-year-old, who has already been ruled out of Thursday's third test at Headingley, lined up in Lancashire's second XI for a friendly against Leicestershire.
Anderson bowled well below his regular pace before lunch, stepping it up after the break to test his body at closer to full speed. He fielded at slip throughout the match and was not required to bat.
England and Wales Cricket Board’s lead physiotherapist Ben Langley oversaw Anderson's return and has now taken the spearhead back to Old Trafford for a recovery and fitness session.
He is expected to return for the final day on Thursday.
England will be sweating on the fitness of their all-time leading wicket-taker heading into Manchester with the home side’s chances of regaining the Ashes hinging on the next two tests.
The addition of Jofra Archer to the side added an air of unpredictability to the home side's attack, but Anderson's inclusion will deliver some stability and consistency to complement Archer's raw pace.
The Lancashire second-team coach Chris Benbow said everything went according to plan for Anderson.
“He’s fine, he’s happy. He had an allotted spell of overs he wanted to bowl over the course of the three days. Ben Langley and [Lancashire physiotherapist] Dave Roberts are happy with how he’s gone. He’s moving well and he feels all right."