England axe Steven Finn and Jake Ball from 2nd Test squad against Pakistan

  • AFP, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Updated: Jul 21, 2016 18:44 IST
England's Steven Finn reacts during the first Test match against Pakistan. (Reuters Photo)

England captain Alastair Cook announced Thursday that the hosts had reduced their squad for the second Test against Pakistan from 14 to 12 after dropping Steven Finn and Jake Ball.

The fast bowlers, who both played in England’s 75-run defeat by Pakistan in the first Test at Lord’s, were released ahead of the second Test, which starts at Old Trafford on Friday.

Now fit-again fast bowler James Anderson (shoulder) and all-rounder Ben Stokes (knee), who both didn’t play at Lord’s, are set to make their Test return in Manchester.

England’s decision means they could give a home debut to leg-spinner Adil Rashid, all of whose three Test appearances to date were away to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last year.

“We’re going to name a 12 -- Steven Finn and Bally are missing out,” Cook told reporters at Old Trafford on Thursday.

“That means, obviously, Ben Stokes and Jimmy Anderson are back in - and Adil’s going to be in the 12, just depending on what happens to that wicket by tomorrow (Friday).”

Revised England squad:

Alastair Cook (captain), Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

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