New Delhi: England's all-time leading wicket-taker James Anderson was ruled out of a 12-man squad announced Thursday for next week's first Test against Pakistan at Lord's. The selectors have recalled Gary Ballance, out of the side since he was dropped midway through last year’s Ashes, and he will come into the middle order with Joe Root moving up to No3 in place of Nick Compton.
Anderson has not recovered from a right shoulder injury sustained in the third Test against Sri Lanka last month — a three-match series England won 2-0. He sustained the injury during the third Test against Sri Lanka, a month back.
In a press conference at Lord's England skipper confirmed the news. "Jimmy has been touch and go for a while, he is making really good progress but it is the selectors' view that he just won't be quite ready for that first Test, hopefully for the second." The 33-year-old, fast bowler was replaced by uncapped seamer Toby Roland-Jones.
Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire, wkt), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)