Anderson ready to take it steady this summer
England star James Anderson says he will pace himself this summer for Lancashire as he tries to find his peak form for the Ashes.
The seam bowler is hoping to play a major role in his team's 10 County Championship matches before the first Test of the summer takes place in July.
England will play Ireland in that match before then taking on Australia as they try to win back the urn.
Anderson now has 600 Test wickets on his radar but concedes that he must manage his body carefully.
"Obviously the first Test is a while away, so for me it is about just focusing on staying fit as best I can and being in as good a condition as I possibly can when that time comes around," he said.
"I think managing my way through these games with Lancashire is a good way of doing that.
"Certainly in seasons gone by there's probably a case of not having enough cricket before the first Test of the summer, usually in early or mid-May, but now there's no excuse.
"For the Test specialists it's a good opportunity to get a good amount of cricket under our belts."
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