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Anderson breaks England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker record

England fast bowler James Anderson has beaten Sir Ian Botham's all-time England wicket taking record of 383.

James Anderson Credit: Press Association

He reached 384 in his 100th Test when Denesh Ramdin was caught by captain Alastair Cook off the Burnley man's bowling, levelling the mark set by England's greatest all-rounder 23 years ago - also in his 100th Test.

The Lancastrian got a flying start 12 years ago as a precocious fast bowler who made short work of fragile Zimbabwe batting in his first two Tests at the age of just 20, following up that same summer with notice of his world-class talent against South Africa - including at Trent Bridge, the venue where he would go on to excel himself at almost every visit.

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A moment of history: Anderson beats England record

Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson is now the leading test wicket-taker in English cricket history.


Campaign to encourage players to open up

Campaign to encourage players to open up Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A campaign to help deal with mental health issues is being rolled out to a number of Merseyside cricket clubs.

The Opening Up charity was set up after the death of 23 year old Bootle player Alex Miller who killed himself in 2012.

The campaign will offer clubs fitness sessions that explore mental as well as physical health.

Seven Merseyside cricket clubs have signed on for groundbreaking fitness sessions - aimed not just at players' muscles but their minds.

Opening Up is putting on the first workshops of this type Credit: ITV Granada Reports

The free sessions offer cricket-focused aerobic drills, led by personal trainers, combined with practical exercises and discussion. The idea is to encourage players to identify potential issues and open up without stigma.

It promotes mental health and wellbeing, and suicide prevention, through cricket and partners include Lancashire Cricket Board, Edge Hill University and The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

"The interchangeable benefits of physical and mental fitness are often overlooked. We want to give clubs an insight to this area.

"For too long mental health has been neglected in sport. We aim to use the sessions to equip players to not only look after their own wellbeing but of those around them.

"Our campaign comes within a shocking context that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in this country and steps need to be made urgently to address the causes of this, starting with getting males to open up and talk about their feelings more."

– Opening Up co-ordinator Mark Boyns
Seven cricket clubs have signed up for the sessions Credit: ITV Granada Reports

"It's a fresh start for everyone at the club so I'm hoping it will bring us all together and help build team spirit ahead of what I'm hoping will be a successful season not only for the first team but the whole of Bootle Cricket Club."

– Craig Prince, 1st XI captain of Bootle CC

Flintoff to attend England practice

Andrew Flintoff. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former England captain Andrew Flintoff is set to meet up with the national team during practice at The Gabba on Sunday.

The 37-year-old all-rounder retired after the triumphant 2009 Ashes but made a Twenty20 comeback last summer and is in Australia having earned a Big Bash contract with Brisbane Heat.

England are in town ahead of their Tri-Series clash with India on Tuesday and an ECB spokesman confirmed that Flintoff would be linking up with the squad at nets.

The move is understood to have been instigated by head coach Peter Moores, who was keen to have Flintoff around the side during their time Down Under.

Flintoff was a key figure for the national side during Moores' ill-fated first stint in charge between April 2007 and January 2009, and the pair also share a Lancashire connection, as former coach and former star player, respectively.

It is not known whether or not fan favourite Flintoff will take an active part in nets, though he is match fit having turned out seven times in the past month for his BBL franchise.

Regardless of active participation, Flintoff is expected to address the squad during a training session that is due to take place at 2pm local time (4am GMT).


Anderson hopes to toast success with his own beer

James Anderson is a doubt for England's tri-series opener against Australia in Sydney tomorrow as he recovers from a knee injury.

It's a minor setback for the Lancashire bowler as preparations continue for England's World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand next month.

Now before he flew off down under, Anderson celebrated his selection by launching his very own beer.

North West cricketers join Phil Hughes tribute

Cricket players from the North West have posted tributes and pictures of their cricket bats in a moving tribute to Australian player Phil Hughes.

Hughes, 25, died in hospital on Thursday, two days after suffering a fatal head injury when he was struck by a ball during a match in Sydney.

The #putoutyourbats hashtag began trending and Lancashire cricket players Freddie Flintoff, Jos Butler and Ashwell Prince have all paid tribute.

Giles to take over at Lancashire

Ashley Giles Credit: PA

Ashley Giles is to take over as Lancashire's new cricket director and head coach, with immediate effect.

Former England limited-overs coach, and Ashes-winning spinner, Giles is to fill a vacancy created after Lancashire stalwart Mike Watkinson stepped down from his position as cricket director.

Giles' twin role suggests veteran club captain Glen Chapple will not be combining the responsibility of leading the team on the field next season and coaching off it.

The task facing Giles will be to revive Lancashire's fortunes, after they were relegated from LV= County Championship Division One on the final day of the season in last month's shoot-out with Middlesex at Old Trafford.

Giles, 41, was England's limited-overs coach between 2012 and the start of this year.

He missed out to former Lancashire coach Peter Moores when the England and Wales Cricket Board combined the posts in charge of the Test and limited-overs teams six months ago.

Giles said: "Lancashire is a massive club with a rich pedigree and history, and I am thrilled by the prospect of coaching them.

"Emirates Old Trafford is a stunning international venue with excellent facilities, and I cannot wait to work with the players and staff.

"It is our intention to return to Division One - but our main aim is create something both successful and sustainable, which a club with such an incredible history deserves."

Giles had a successful period coaching Warwickshire, after retiring as a player.

He was most recently linked with the coaching vacancy at Somerset - and when Matthew Maynard landed that job, Giles immediately became a front-runner should the opportunity arise at Old Trafford.

Lancashire chairman Michael Cairns said: "Ashley Giles is a highly respected and regarded coach with a track record of success in the county game, and has a tremendous amount of international experience garnered through a playing and coaching career.

"He is an exceptional candidate for a county like Lancashire, and we are delighted to have secured his services."

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