English selectors under scrutiny for omitting James Anderson in first Test

Shukriya Pakistan

London: In the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s last week, ruling out James Anderson from the squad might result in firing of the English selectors.

According to British media report the English Cricket Board which is perturbed after a 75 runs defeat against Pakistan might fire its selection panel after the end of current series. The English cricket authorities consider their defeat at Lord’s because of their fast bowler James Anderson’s absence who was dropped by the selectors contrary to the wishes of the captain and coach.

England’s all-time leading wicket taker James Anderson had recovered from his shoulder injury but was advised by the selection panel to take rest following the advice of the medical board. It is worthy to mention that coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Alastair Cook wanted the experienced pacer to be a part of the final team at Lord’s and Anderson himself was also interested to play but the selection panel took their final decision to keep him out of the squad.

The selection panel which includes James Whitaker, Angus Fraser and Mick Newell also had a hard debate with Trevor Bayliss on the issue of middle order batsmen where the coach wanted to try out Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler but he was put off and Gary Ballance was included in the squad.

Last year when Andrew Strauss took over as director of cricket, the selection panel was about to be dissolved but due to the unexpected success in Ashes series the selectors somehow succeeded in saving their jobs. However before the start of the season the selectors were again warned when Nick Compton was retained in the team despite his repeated poor performance.

It is quite likely that Strauss might dissolve the selection panel and himself join the coach and captain to select a team. After the initial defeat the English Board has announced its 14 member squad for the second Test to be played at Old Trafford on Friday in which Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and James Anderson have been included.