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23rd April 2013
Anderson returns for Kent clash

James Anderson returns to the Lancashire line-up for our LV= County Championship clash with Kent at Emirates Old Trafford

Lancashire squad: Glen Chapple (capt), James Anderson, Karl Brown, Steven Croft, Gareth Cross (wkt), Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Simon Katich, Simon Kerrigan, Ashwell Prince, Luke Procter, Tom Smith, Wayne White.

Kent make one change to the squash that travelled to Leicester last week. Batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond comes into contention in place of Calum Haggett.

Kent squad: Tredwell (capt), Key, Northeast, Nash, Powell, Stevens, Jones (wkt), Bell-Drummond, Coles, Shreck, Davies, Shaw

Peter Moores believes his Lancashire players are on the right track ahead of this week's LV=CC Division Two clash.

The Red Rose coach was happy with the performance during the opening week draw against Worcestershire earlier this month, even if things did not quite go to plan as far as the result was concerned.

Rain during days two, three and four played its part, as did some impressive Worcestershire resistance according to the former Pears wicketkeeper.

Despite conceding a first-innings score of 334, the hosts batted themselves back into the match and were able to push for victory from tea-time on day three onwards.

And Moores has called for a repeat showing as he prepares England fast bowler James Anderson for a return to county action against Kent and then against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay, starting next Wednesday.

“We bowled tight and creased pressure,” said Moores. “Credit to Worcestershire because they kept us out on a pitch that was quite good to bat on, especially if it didn't swing.

“We batted by building partnerships and accelerating as soon as we got the opportunity. That brand of cricket we'll try and keep. If we play like that, we're quite a hard side to play against I think.

“Kent have got some good players, no doubt about it. They’re obviously one of the fancied teams in the division. But we'll aim to try and put them under pressure over four days to force the win. Fingers crossed we get the weather, then the best side will win out in the game.

“At this time of year every side you play against is very motivated and up for it because it's early in the season. It will be a tough game, there's no doubt about that. But we're on our home patch, and we've got Jimmy back, which is good.

“If we take nothing for granted and are prepared to do the hard work, then we'll have a good chance of winning the game.”

Like Lancashire, Kent have only played once in the opening fortnight of the season. Coach Jimmy Adams’ men drew their opener against Leicestershire at Grace Road last week. Captained by England off-spinner James Tredwell this season following Rob Key's decision to stand down after eight years, their overseas player is West Indies’ left-handed batsman Brendan Nash.

While Key scored a second-innings hundred against the Foxes, Australian-born Nash posted fifties in each innings.

Lancashire and Kent have not met in Championship cricket since 2010. Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored a century in the second innings and Glen Chapple took seven wickets in the match as the Red Rose won the last meeting at Canterbury in August of that season by 121 runs.

Graham Hardcastle
Photo of James Anderson (c) Simon Pendrigh