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Jimmy Anderson to sit out next six weeks

England and Lancashire seamer Jimmy Anderson will take a six-week period of rehabilitation on a long-standing right shoulder injury.

He will miss Lancashire’s next two County Championship matches against Worcestershire at Blackfinch New Road (June 20) and the match against Hampshire on June 25.

“We have five Tests against India in a six-week period from August 1, which will be an intense and challenging period for all our bowlers, and therefore it’s vital that we ensure Jimmy goes into that series in the best possible condition,” said Trevor Bayliss, the England coach.

“Jimmy has to manage the issue with his right shoulder, and we’ve been advised that the best way for him to prepare for the India series is to take a six-week break from cricket now, initially to rest it and then to work slowly back to cricket.

“That six-week period covers Lancashire’s two Championship matches over the next three weeks. We will then monitor to see where Jimmy is at and ensuring he is ready for the India series.”

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