Anderson keen to prove Ashes fitness
James Anderson will feature for Lancashire's second XI this week as he looks to prove his fitness levels to England.
The 37-year-old sustained an injury to his right calf in the first Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston and he had to miss the second Test against Lord's.
Anderson won't be ready for the third Test, which gets underway at Headingley on Thursday, but he is hopeful of being back in the squad for the fourth meeting with Australia at Old Trafford on September 4.
His ability with the ball could be key for England in trying to overcome their southern hemisphere rivals and he will appear for Lancashire's second XI this week to step up his recovery.
An ECB statement said: "England and Lancashire seamer James Anderson is making progress from his injured right calf.
"Anderson will step up his rehabilitation this week by playing for Lancashire second XI against Leicestershire in a three-day friendly match starting on Tuesday August 20 at Northern Cricket Club, Liverpool.
"He will be assessed on an ongoing basis ahead of selection for the fourth Specsavers Ashes Test at Emirates Old Trafford starting on Wednesday, September 4."
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