Anderson to stay with Lancashire

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Division Two cricket champions Lancashire are celebrating following James Anderson's confirmation that he will be staying on until the end of the 2015 cricket season.

Division Two cricket champions Lancashire are celebrating following James Anderson's confirmation that he will be staying on until the end of the 2015 cricket season.

The England bowler decided to add on a year to his current contract and it can only be good news for Lancashire supporters.

<b>Ashes win</b>

There is no doubt that the 31 year old cricket hero played a big part in the Ashes win recently and he will return to Australia to take part in the return series.

He was quoted as saying: "I am always proud to wear the Lancashire shirt and I am delighted to extend my stay."

<b>Outstanding ambassador</b>

And as proud as Anderson undoubtedly is, he probably isn't as proud as <a href='http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/22328.html' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>Mike Watkinson</b></a>, the current director of Lancashire, who said: "Jimmy has been an outstanding player and a great ambassador for the club."

All of which heralds a stunning next couple of seasons for the England player. He no doubt has an army of fans ready to put their faith in him, and to lay bets on his performance – how could you not? Odds change, of course, and can be checked at <a href='http://www.betfair.com/' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>www.betfair.com</b></a> but it's clear that he is a player you can rely on, should you be looking for someone to follow this season and next.

<b>Past career highlights</b>

Anderson has played a total of 87 test matches, 19 Twenty20 internationals for England and 174 one-day internationals.

He was born in Burnley, Lancashire, a clear reason why he loves to play for the club and has been playing internationally since the 2002/03 season. He is England's best wicket taker – with the all time highest international wicket taking record across all three formats. He is also only the fourth bowler for England who has ever managed to take 300 Test wickets.

Only 20 when he first played for England, he originally came in to the team due to an injury problem. He has never looked back, although has suffered injury himself when a back fracture kept him away from playing for most of 2006.

His future can only get brighter from hereon in, he is still young enough to have a long time playing for both England and County cricket.

And with new signing <a href='http://www.cricket365.com/england/story/8956057/Opinion-Buttler-exit-typifies-Somerset-woe' target='_blank' class='instorylink'><b>Jos Buttler</b></a> joining Lancashire, Mike Watkinson thinks they could be in with a chance of winning the title next season. He nabbed the wicketkeeper for the next three years from Somerset and thinks that it will complete his squad. Here's looking at an exciting next season for Lancashire!

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