Anderson fitness hopes for England
England will hope to have Jimmy Anderson fit for the first Test against South Africa as he is lining up for Lancashire on Monday.
The 34-year-old pace bowler, who is England's all-time highest international wicket-taker, has been battling back from a groin problem which he suffered during Lancashire's Roses clash with Yorkshire exactly a month ago.
Anderson's absence had led to doubts that he would be able to line up for his country in Joe Root's first outing as Test captain, when their four-match series starts at Lord's on July 6.
But he has been selected in the Red Rose's County Championship Division Two clash with Hampshire at Emirates Old Trafford from Monday.
And providing Anderson suffers no setbacks this week, then he is almost certain to be involved against the Proteas next month.
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