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Lancashire and England bowler James Anderson
Best bets and outright predictions for the 2022 County Championship season.
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1pt 9-2 general
A disastrous performance by England in the latest Ashes series against Australia has once again underlined the importance of improving the County Championship and fans will be delighted to see it return with a more familiar format in 2022.
After adjustments last year, the County Championship will revert to a two-division structure this year with ten teams in Division One and eight in Division Two, while the Bob Willis Trophy will not return.
Warwickshire have won both competitions in 2021 and they look strong again, but the side they beat in the Bob Willis Trophy final, Lancashire, might represent the best value to reign supreme over county cricket this time around.
Limited playing time for England means bowler James Anderson could be more regularly in the mix for Lancs and he could form a dangerous seam attack with Pakistan’s Hasan Ali, who is set to play six games for the county.
Phil Salt has also been brought in to bolster the batting, while Josh Bohannon will look to build on a strong 2021 campaign in which he scored 853 runs in 18 innings.
Lancashire topped Group Three in a truncated format last season, came second in the final Division One standings, and they look set to do better this season.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 3:41 PM, APRIL 6, 2022