Anderson and Cook face off at Chelmsford

England’s leading Test run-scorer is set to face the country’s leading wicket-taker when Lancashire look to snatch the LV= County Championship Division Two title against Essex tomorrow.

James Anderson is set to spearhead the bowling attack for Lancashire, who need to take nine points more from their final fixture at Chelmsford than Surrey manage against Northamptonshire to go up as champions.

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Anderson backs England to pass UAE test

James Anderson believes England have learned their lesson in the United Arab Emirates and expects a better showing when they return next month to face Pakistan.

On their last visit to the Middle East in 2012 England were comprehensively beaten 3-0 in the Test series, passing 200 only twice in six innings with the bat.

Much criticism was levelled of Andrew Strauss’ team at the time regarding their ability to deal with spin, but Anderson feels Alastair Cook’s side are a wiser outfit.

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Anderson on the rise

James Anderson has moved up to fourth in the International Cricket Council one-day international bowler rankings following several impressive displays during the Tri-Series.

The 32-year-old has risen two places after taking seven wickets in four games in Australia on his return to England colours following a knee problem.

Steven Finn, England’s leading wicket-taker with 11, has progressed to 12th while Ian Bell, who topped the Tri-Series run-charts with 247, has jumped 13 places to 25th in the batsmen standings.

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Woakes: Anderson and Broad lift England

By Callum Dent

The return of experienced duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad will give England a welcome boost ahead of the World Cup, according to Chris Woakes.

The pair, with 292 one-day international caps between them, have both recovered from knee problems and are part of Peter Moores’ 15-man squad for next month’s showpiece in Australia and New Zealand.

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Anderson and Broad bound for South Africa

By Rob Barnett

James Anderson and Stuart Broad today join up with the England Performance Programme fast bowlers camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa, and the other seamers on the trip are eagerly anticipating their arrival.

Anderson and Broad are on the comeback trail from knee injuries that ruled them out of England’s current tour to Sri Lanka.

Broad had an operation on his right patella tendon in early September and reported a month later that his recovery is going well.

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