LANCASHIRE will tomorrow rename the Pavilion End at Old Trafford the James Anderson End in honour of the Burnley ace.

Anderson and England begin the final Test against South Africa at the home of the Red Rose on Friday morning but before play gets under way there will be a presentation when the stand will officially be renamed.

And Anderson, 35, said it would be a proud moment for him.

“I am completely overwhelmed and honoured that the Club has renamed an end after me at Emirates Old Trafford," he said.

"It is an incredibly proud moment and one that will live long in the memory.

“I still absolutely love coming through the gates and playing at this great ground for my boyhood club. It is a very special place to play cricket and a venue that I have very fond memories of, both on the pitch and in the changing room with my Lancashire and England team-mates.

“I treasure every minute of playing for Lancashire and England and I hope I can put in a performance this week wearing the Three Lions on my chest at my home ground as we look to secure the series against South Africa.”

Anderson is England’s leading Test wicket taker with 480 dismissals and made his Lancashire debut in 2001.

He took 50 first-class wickets in his first full domestic campaign the following summer before being awarded his county cap in 2003. The fast bowler was also part of the Lancashire squad that won the County Championship for the first time in 77 years, in 2011.

He was awarded his first central contract by England shortly after taking five wickets on his Test debut against Zimbabwe at Lord’s in 2003 and has gone on to win three Ashes series in, the first of which coincided with him being named as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 2009.

The Lancashire bowler has also featured in three World Cups and surpassed Sir Ian Botham’s England record of 383 scalps in the game’s longest format in April 2015.

Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club, David Hodgkiss OBE, added: “James’ contribution to both Lancashire and England Cricket over the last 15 years has been immense and we felt it right to take this unique step of recognising all that he has achieved in the game."

“Everyone at Lancashire County Cricket Club is hugely proud of James’ unique bowling achievements both for the Red Rose county and for England, as the country’s all-time leading wicket taker.

“In recognition of a fantastic career thus far, the Club is delighted to honour his success by renaming the Pavilion end, the James Anderson End.

“James will go down as one of the greats of the game and we’re very lucky to have him playing here at Lancashire where he continues to perform and wear the Red Rose and England jerseys with great pride."