LONDON: The English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the 12-men squad for the first test against Pakistan that is to kick off from July 14 at Lord’s.
England’s most threatening and successful test bowler, James Anderson is likely to miss the first game due to a shoulder injury that he sustained earlier this month.
The middle order batsman, Gary Ballance has been named in the squad, who will represent England after a span of around one year. He played his last test match for England against Australia.
A new pacer, Toby-Roland Jones has also earned the debut test call for his wonderful first-class season in which he hunted 30 batsmen.
“Building on the success of the Test series win against Sri Lanka last month, we have maintained our objective of retaining a balanced squad,” said National Selector James Whitaker.
“Pakistan will give us a stiff challenge during this series and we can expect some fantastic cricket from both sides over the next couple of months.
“The selectors would like to take this opportunity to wish Alastair Cook, Trevor Bayliss and the rest of the squad the best of luck for the series, ” he added.
Earlier this week, Pakistan side looked promising against Somerset in a three-day side game, Mohammad Amir announced his arrival in England in style by getting three wickets in the first innings.
Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah were also too hot to handle for Somerset batsman. The veteran middle-order batsman, Younis Khan scored a ton. Other than him, Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq remained in runs as well.
Pakistan will play their second side game against Sussex from July 8 to July 10.
England Squad: Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Toby Roland-Jones, James Vince, Chris Woakes.