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ECB confirm Anderson and Hameed availability

ECB confirm Anderson and Hameed availability

Lancashire boosted by Anderson and Hameed availability 

The England and Cricket Board (ECB) have today confirmed the availability of the Lancashire duo of James Anderson and Haseeb Hameed up until the end of June.

Lancashire will be boosted with James Anderson being made available for the rest of the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign as well as four further Specsavers County Championship fixtures including the back-to-back Roses clashes against Yorkshire (May 19-22 & June 2-5), Middlesex (June 9-12) and Warwickshire (June 26-29).

Meanwhile, Haseeb Hameed has been made available for all cricket for Lancashire.

The plan is for the whole England Test squad to play in the day-night round (Lancashire take on Warwickshire at Edgbaston), allowing them to gain experience of the pink Dukes balls that will be used for the historic day-night Investec Test against West Indies at Edgbaston from August 17-21.

Andrew Strauss, the director, England cricket, said: “This was always going to be a difficult summer in terms of managing the workload on our England players, with such a hectic schedule including the Champions Trophy as well as seven Tests, followed by an equally busy winter in Australia and New Zealand.

“We also have Lions matches against South Africa and South Africa A as part of the reciprocal arrangements which allow our future England players to gain valuable experience overseas in the winter.

“We appreciate all of this causes disruption for counties and frustration for their supporters, and we are grateful to them for seeing the big picture in appreciating the need for us to ensure that key players remain in the best possible condition for the challenges ahead.

“All these decisions are taken after consultation with the players, and I know they will be pleased to have the opportunity to play in some important Royal London One-Day Cup matches next week, and then in the Specsavers County Championship later in May and June.”

England player availability

One-day squad, Royal London One-Day Cup

Moeen Ali – available for Worcestershire Rapids matches against Lancashire Lightning May 10, Warwickshire May 12 and Durham May 14.

Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Joe Root – available for Yorkshire Vikings against Durham Wednesday May 3, Northants Steelbacks May 10, Warwickshire May 14.

Liam Plunkett, David Willey - available for Yorkshire Vikings against Northants Steelbacks May 10, Warwickshire May 14.

Jake Ball, Alex Hales – available for Notts Outlaws against Derbyshire Falcons May 2, Durham May 11, Lancashire Lightning May 14.

Jason Roy – available for Surrey against Essex Eagles on May 12 and Hampshire on May 14.

Mark Wood – available for Durham against Notts Outlaws on May 11 and Worcestershire Rapids on May 14.

Steven Finn – available for Middlesex for all RLODC and Specsavers County Championship matches from May 8.

Ben Duckett – available for Northamptonshire for all RLODC and SCC matches from May 8.

Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) – Indian Premier League.

Others

Jimmy Anderson – available for all Lancashire’s RLODC fixtures, and their SCC games against Yorkshire (May 19-22 & June 2-5), Middlesex (June 9-12) and Warwickshire (June 26-29 – day-night round)

Gary Ballance – available for all cricket in RLODC and SCC for Yorkshire

Stuart Broad – available for all Notts Outlaws’ RLODC fixtures, and for Nottinghamshire’s SCC matches against Glamorgan (May 19-22), Gloucestershire (May 26-29), Leicestershire (June 19-22) and Kent (June 26-29 – day-night round). Not available for SCC games against Derbyshire (June 2-5) or Gloucestershire (June 9-12).

Alastair Cook – available for all cricket in RLODC and SCC for Essex.

Haseeb Hameed - available for all cricket in RLODC and SCC for Lancashire.

Keaton Jennings - available for all cricket in RLODC and SCC for Durham.

Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills (both Sussex) – available for all RLODC and SCC matches when they return from the IPL.

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