James Anderson Awarded Lancashire Benefit
England fast bowler James Anderson has been awarded a Benefit year in 2012, marking ten years since he made his first-class debut for the club.
In his first season in 2002, he took 50 Championship wickets including nine in an innings against Somerset at Blackpool and then became the youngest player to take a hat-trick for Lancashire one year later.
He was quickly introduced to international cricket, playing at the 2003 World Cup and then making his Test debut against Zimbabwe later that year.
He has gone on to play 61 Tests, taking 231 wickets as well as 147 One-Day Internationals and 19 Twenty20 Internationals and he has taken 209 first-class wickets for Lancashire.
"For club and country James has excelled and has emerged into one of the finest bowlers of his generation. Lancashire County Cricket Club is delighted to be officially recognising James’s great service by rewarding him with a hugely deserved Benefit Year in 2012."
Cricket Director Mike Watkinson said: "James is a great inspiration to all young cricketers. His journey has taken him from Burnley Cricket Club, through the county development programmes, to become one of the leading bowlers in world cricket. This has taken a considerable amount of effort and commitment and he always gives his all when appearing for Lancashire or his country. I am delighted that his contributions have been rewarded with a Benefit Year in 2012."
Anderson added: "To be awarded a benefit by your county is an immense honour and I am naturally delighted. It is a privilege to represent Lancashire County Cricket Club and I am grateful that they have awarded me a benefit for 2012."
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