Anderson and Stokes gain fitness ahead of second test

James Anderson in action during the final day of the first test match between Pakistan and England at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Oct.17, 2015. (AP Photo/Hafsal Ahmed)
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England’s most successful bowler, James Anderson and their handy allrounder, Ben Stokes have gained full fitness ahead of second test against Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester.

James Anderson, bowled brilliantly in a game against Durham, he looked in his true colors after recovering from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the first test against Pakistan at Lord’s

On the other hand, Ben Stokes has also returned in action for the first time after getting his cartilage healed of left knee, since May.

He participated in full-fledged training in Lord’s with the team and afterwards bowled 14 overs with complete run-up in a game, which indicated that the dangerous allrounder is all set to make a comeback against Pakistan in the second test.

Stokes iced his knee during the match, but, it was revealed that it was done just as a precautionary measure.

Pakistan’s batting clicked in the first innings of the first test as Misbah scored a century and Asad Shafiq struck a half-century. The Men in Green will definitely be challenged by the veteran English pacer, Anderson and the dynamic allrounder, Ben Stokes.

Pakistan’s second test match against England is scheduled to start on July 22 at Old Trafford, Manchester.