Anderson available to face Middlesex
England paceman James Anderson will be able to play for Lancashire in their County Championship season-opener against Middlesex.
The record-breaking bowler played a full part in England's red-ball cricket on the winter tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies but is now in a down period as he does not play 50-over or Twenty20 cricket.
A number of the Three Lions' players play both formats and will also be heading off to the sub-continent to play in the Indian Premier League prior to the start of the English domestic season.
However, the 'Burnley Express' will have his sights firmly on the Ashes, as he will play no part in the World Cup which dominates the first part of the summer’s proceedings.
It has also been announced by the ECB that Lancashire’s opening batsman Keaton Jennings is available for all cricket from the start of the 2019 campaign as he is also not under consideration for England’s one-day side.
The South African-born batsmen failed to progress over the winter, and unless he can score heavily for the Red Rose, is unlikely to feature against Australia.
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