Anderson in top form, back in the England picture

James Anderson celebrated the news that his international exile will end up helping Lancashire beat Hampshire in the county championship.

Veteran star Anderson, who was left out of the tour from England to the West Indies, was given the green light to return to the test squad on Thursday by new captain Ben Stokes and new general manager Rob Key.

At the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Anderson, who turns 40 in July, meanwhile produced a flawless new-ball spell on his way to 3-24 when Hampshire was eliminated 246.

On the day Stokes was announced as the new England test captain, Anderson produced a video of his finest attributes, getting rid of Ian Holland and captain James Vince in his initial spell.

An unbeaten century from Nick Gubbins came to the aid of Hampshire before Lancashire finished the day 1-37.

Anderson’s England bowling partner Stuart Broad also bowled for the first time since the final Ashes test in Hobart in January, ahead of his long-awaited return to the England fold.

But the pacemaker was emphatically outshone by his South African team-mate Dane Paterson in Nottinghamshire’s game against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.

Broad took a wicket in the third of his eight overs, but Paterson starred, finishing with a career-best 8-52 as Worcestershire were dismissed for 159 in the division two clash.

They were the best bowling figures at Trent Bridge since Broad’s extraordinary 8-15 against Australia in 2015.

Meanwhile, Australian Glamorgan veteran Michael Hogan did his bit to derail prolific Pakistani Shan Masood’s attempt to score 1,000 runs in late May.

Masood’s remarkable start to the season continued as he scored 60 before falling to the 40-year-old Hogan, who was the pick of Glamorgan’s attack at 3-45 in Derbyshire’s 5-282.

Still, Masood remains on track for the most runs scored in April, with the southpaw closing in on Nick Compton’s record of 712 in the same month in 2012.

After consecutive double centuries, Masood had 611 runs in four innings before the match, but Hogan could have taken him out on his excellent opening spell.

Australian all-rounder Michael Neser, on antibiotics for an infected toe, struggled with his line but Hogan was relentless in his accuracy and deserved more than the single wicket he took in an opening seven inning that cost just 11 runs.

Masood completed his fifth straight 50 shortly after lunch and appeared to be on his way to another triple-figure score until Hogan made a clever return, leaving the Pakistani with 671 runs for the month.

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