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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.

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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.

Mike Watkinson steps down from Lancashire

Mike Watkinson has stepped down as Lancashire's cricket director, the county have announced.

Mike Watkinson has stepped down as cricket director Credit: PA Images

Watkinson leaves the club in the wake of their relegation to the second division of the LV= County Championship, having spent 32 years with the Red Rose in various capacities.

The former England all-rounder, 53, both played for and captained Lancashire before becoming cricket manager in 2002 and, for the last five years, the county's cricket director.

Watkinson said in a Lancashire statement he was "looking forward to a new challenge" after calling time on his Old Trafford career.

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