Jimmy Anderson has revealed that he asked the England management to play in Lancashire's LV= County Championship and Clydesdale Bank 40 matches against Warwickshire and Surrey.
The Red Rose pace bowler was understandably disappointed to miss out on final XI for his country’s World Twenty20 campaign, resigned to the thankless tasks of net bowling and carrying the drinks.
So, with a Test match against Bangladesh at Lord’s to come next Thursday, the Burnley Express persuaded team director Andy Flower and company to allow him a brief spell back in county cricket.
"I've had a few frustrating weeks out in the West Indies, but I'm happy to be back playing cricket,” said the 27 year-old.
"As the tournament went on, I realised it was very unlikely that I would play. I felt as if I needed some cricket before the Test next week, and the only chances to play were in this game and on Sunday in the CB40 against Surrey.
"Bowling in the nets, getting smacked everywhere by the guys in Barbados, is not the best preparation for a Test match."
Anderson, who was batting at Edgbaston on Tuesday afternoon after arriving at Gatwick Airport on a flight from Jamaica earlier in the day, will make his first one-day appearance of the season for the Lancashire against Surrey on Sunday.
He struggled when he bowled on Wednesday’s third day, but returned on Thursday, battling the jet-lag, to pick up the wickets of Warwickshire tail-enders Imran Tahir and Andrew Miller, both caught behind by Luke Sutton.
It was his first appearance in competitive cricket – he played a warm-up game in Barbados – since Lancashire’s second Championship match of the season against Essex at Chelmsford in late April.
"I felt fit and strong against Essex, recovering well from my injury, and I was looking forward to playing some more cricket," continued Anderson. "But, having not played over the last couple of weeks, I feel as if it's put me back a little bit. I have felt that rustiness that I had at the start of the season."
Lightning opener Stephen Moore, who scored a century in last week’s win over former county Worcestershire, said his new troops are effectively playing knockout cricket having lost three Group A fixtures out of their opening five.
Moore hit his maiden Red Rose century in a narrow defeat against the Lions in the competition’s opening match at Whitgift School last month, and Sunday's match is a 'must-win' game.
Squad: Glen Chapple (capt), Jimmy Anderson, Mark Chilton, Steven Croft, Paul Horton, Simon Kerrigan, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Stephen Parry, Ashwell Prince, Daren Powell, Luke Procter, Tom Smith, Luke Sutton (wkt).
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