GEORGE HILL knows all about facing Jimmy Anderson, having done it many times in the garden at home - but tomorrow will be the real deal.

The Yorkshire youngster will open the batting today alongside Adam Lyth against a 38-year-old who last week recorded his 1,000th career first-class wicket and claimed best figures of 7-19 in the process as Lancashire drew with Kent.

Hill, 20, made 71 when he opened the batting in last week’s County Championship win at Northampton. This, though, will be a step up.

He would have been called into action yesterday but for rain washing out the second day of the Roses clash at Emerald Headingley, where Lancashire reached 273-2 in their first innings.

“I’m looking forward to facing him,” he said as play was abandoned shortly before 2pm.

“It’s a bit weird really because me and my brother (Freddie) used to try and mock some bowlers’ actions in the back garden, and his was one of them.

“But it’s the old cliche of, ‘Face the ball, not the bowler’. It’s easier said than done, but it will be a good challenge. I’m looking forward to it.”

Hill was hugely impressive at Northampton last week.

Elevated to face the new ball in the absence of injured duo Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Will Fraine, the former England Under-19 played an innings which made him look every bit a regular opener.

And yet the only time he can ever remember opening the batting was in a school T20 game.

“It was nice to finally score some runs, but the fact it contributed to a win meant a lot more,” he reflected.

“All out for 150, we could have easily lost that game. But Bessy bowled well in the first innings and Brooky batted well in the second.

“The fact I was able to bat time was the most pleasing thing. That’s not something I’ve done a lot of.

“I’ve played a lot of white ball in the last couple of years with the Under 19s and stuff and haven’t done a lot of red ball stuff. So be able to go back to basics, almost batting in my bubble, was really enjoyable.”