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James Anderson to miss final Ashes test

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Lancashire and England bowler James Anderson will miss the final test of the Ashes after failing to recover from a side strain.

Anderson picked up the injury in the third test at Edgbaston and has not been able to reach full fitness before the final test match of the summer against Australia.

Captain Alistair Cook said:

"Unfortunately he's not going to make it. He's gutted about it. He's made really good progress from where he was at Edgbaston but this is a week or so too soon."

"He bowled in the nets yesterday but at about 60-70 per cent and that's not how you go into a game. He's really gutted. The medical team have been brilliant with him but he's still about a week away."

– Alistair Cook


Anderson extends Lancashire deal

James Anderson has signed a contract extension with Lancashire, the Red Rose county have confirmed.

The 31-year-old Burnley-born England bowler, who played a major role in the summer's Ashes success, has added one year to his existing deal, tying him to Old Trafford until 2015.

"I am always proud to wear the Lancashire shirt and I am delighted to extend my stay,"

"It was great to return to Emirates Old Trafford in the summer for the Investec Ashes Test match and use the great facilities after the ground's redevelopment."

– James Anderson