England bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad to sit out the opening two rounds of the County Championship in preparation for international summer
- Pair to play in some games before the Lord’s Test against New Zealand on June 2
- Anderson and Broad are scheduled to make their 2021 season bow on April 22
- In contrast, Test captain Joe Root is playing for Yorkshire in the first two matches
James Anderson and Stuart Broad will sit out the opening two rounds of the County Championship season in preparation for the international summer.
Plans for England’s established new-ball attack to feature in some of but not all their counties’ fixtures between now and the Lord’s Test versus New Zealand on June 2 mean that Anderson will miss Lancashire’s home matches versus Sussex and Northamptonshire while Nottinghamshire’s Broad is not available for the visits of Durham and Warwickshire to Trent Bridge.
Anderson – who took 30 wickets in six matches, at an average of 9.36, to help Lancashire to the Division Two title in 2019 – is scheduled to make his 2021 bow alongside Australian debutant Jackson Bird in the away fixture at Kent on April 22.
James Anderson (right) and Stuart Broad are set to make their 2021 bow on April 22
Broad, second only to Anderson amongst English Test wicket-takers and needing three more to surpass West Indies’ Courtney Walsh in sixth overall, should appear for Notts for the first time against Worcestershire at New Road on the same day.
In contrast, Test captain Joe Root is playing for Yorkshire in the first two matches, starting with Glamorgan’s trip to Leeds next Thursday, and will have his availability assessed on a weekly basis thereafter in the build-up to England’s two-Test series with the New Zealanders.
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