James Anderson provided an update on an injury sustained in action with Lancashire, handing England a boost ahead of the Ashes series against Australia.

England will look to reclaim the Urn from Australia in the upcoming five-Test showdown, with the first match scheduled to begin at Edgbaston on August 1.

Having been left out of England's Cricket World Cup squad, Anderson has been playing for Lancashire, though he was forced to bat with a runner on the final day of their County Championship clash against Durham on Wednesday after he was forced off due to a tight calf on the previous day.

But veteran paceman Anderson took to Instagram to share the news he is hopeful the injury – which he described as a "niggle" is nothing serious.

"The boys gave everything. Frustrating not to get the win," Anderson posted after the draw.  "Also annoying to pick up a niggle but hopefully not too serious."

Anderson's England team-mates progressed to the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday thanks to a 119-run win over New Zealand.

Haseeb Hameed made his first County Championship century since 2016 to boost his hopes of earning an England recall for this year's Ashes.

The batsman was horribly out of form last season, averaging 9.7 as Lancashire suffered relegation in first-class cricket, but followed up a recent double century against Loughborough MCCU by passing three figures against Middlesex in his county's first Division Two fixture of 2019.

Hameed, who made his England debut in India in November 2016 aged 19 but suffered a finger injury in his third Test appearance, reached the milestone with a pulled six off paceman Toby Roland-Jones.

But the 22-year-old was dismissed for 117, caught and bowled by Dawid Malan after leading Lancashire towards a first-innings lead at Lord's.

Keaton Jennings, another England opener aiming to earn an Ashes chance this year, made 52 in a 123-run partnership with Hameed for the first wicket.

Paul Farbrace is to leave his position as England assistant coach after their tour of the Caribbean to take up the role as sporting director at Warwickshire.

The highly regarded coach is taking up a position left vacant by Ashley Giles, who departed Edgbaston to become managing director of England Men's Cricket.

Farbrace initially joined the England set-up as assistant to Peter Moores in 2014 having led Sri Lanka to World Twenty20 glory.

The timing of the 51-year-old's decision comes as somewhat of a surprise with a Cricket World Cup and a home Ashes series against Australia on the horizon in the coming months.

"I have had five fantastic years with England Cricket. It has been a brilliant experience working with world-class coaches, players and support staff," Farbrace, who will start with Warwickshire in March after England's T20I series against West Indies, told the ECB's official website.

"I have been fortunate to taste some genuine success and be part of the development of some excellent players, who have the world at their feet this summer.

"There is never a great time to leave an international set-up and despite what will be a fantastic summer for English cricket, the opportunity to shape the future of one of the game's biggest counties was too much to resist. 

"It would have been tough for me to have turned down the opportunity once Warwickshire showed an interest in me.

"Finally, I would like to thank the ECB, and in particular, Trevor Bayliss, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Ashley Giles for their support in what has been a difficult decision to make. 

"I wish them every success this summer. I believe they have the right attributes to create history by lifting the World Cup in July and winning The Ashes that follows it."

Alongside head coach Trevor Bayliss, who will not be renewing his own contract when it expires in September, Farbrace has been instrumental in turning around England's fortunes in white-ball cricket.

Four years ago, England were reeling from being knocked out of the World Cup group stages, but are now the number-one ranked ODI side.

"I would like to thank Paul for all his efforts over the last five years as a key figure in England's success across the red and white ball formats," Giles said.

"Paul was integral, alongside, Andrew Strauss, Trevor Bayliss and Eoin Morgan, in transforming our white ball strategy, which has seen us become the best team in the world leading into a World Cup year.

"His efforts in developing players in the elite environment will benefit him in his new role at Edgbaston.

"I will now start the process to find a successor and work closely with our existing set-up to ensure we have everything in place ahead of a busy summer of international cricket."

Keshav Maharaj and Lancashire rescued a sensational County Championship tie at Somerset after claiming two wickets when the hosts needed just a single run for victory. 

Dale Steyn's groin problem should only rule him out of action for up to a fortnight, according to Cricket South Africa. 

Adil Rashid has Alastair Cook's sympathy due to the "political" debate surrounding his controversial recall to England’s Test squad.

Yorkshire have been put in a "crazy situation" after Adil Rashid, only contracted to play limited-overs cricket, was called up to the England Test side, according to director of coaching Martyn Moxon.

Jordan Clark flourished on day one of the Roses match by dismissing three of the world's best batsmen to claim a famous hat-trick and put Lancashire on top against fierce rivals Yorkshire.

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