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England announce 12 member squad to face Pakistan

James Anderson has been omitted from England's squad for the first Test with Pakistan.

The England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday announced paceman Anderson had not recovered from a shoulder injury sustained in the third Test with Sri Lanka last month.

Jos Buttler had been in contention to replace Nick Compton, but was also not named in the 12-man squad.

Instead, Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance was recalled, while Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones receives a first call-up.

England captain Alastair Cook said - 



Jimmy has been touch and go for a while, he is making really good progress but it is the selectors' view that he just wont be quite ready for that first Test, hopefully for the second.



The first Test begins on July 14 at Lord's.

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 

England v Pakistan Test Schedule:

Thursday July 14-18, First Investec Test, Lord's

Friday July 22-26, Second Investec Test, Emirates Old Trafford

Wednesday August 3-7, Third Investec Test, Edgbaston

Thursday August 11-15, Fourth Investec Test, Kia Oval


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