Fast bowler Toby Roland-Jones was summoned by England for the first time and batsman Gary Ballance was recalled in the squad to play Pakistan in the first test at Lord’s next week.
Roland-Jones replaced James Anderson, who has not recovered from a stress fracture in the right shoulder blade that he suffered in the third test against Sri Lanka last month. Allrounder Ben Stokes, who had surgery after tearing cartilage in his left knee in the first test against Sri Lanka, was also not ready for a recall, having played as only a batsman for Durham, so far.
England captain Alastair Cook said on Thursday that he hoped Anderson would be ready for the second test against Pakistan from July 22 at Old Trafford.
Either Roland-Jones or fast bowler Jake Ball, also uncapped, was expected to be dropped from the 12-man squad for next Thursday’s test.
With Nick Compton missing out after averaging 12.75 against Sri Lanka as the No. 3 in the triumphant three-test series, Joe Root has been promoted from No. 4 to 3 in the lineup by England’s Australian coach, Trevor Bayliss.
“He’s our best player, and it’s quite an Australian thing to do,” Cook told espncricinfo.com. “No reason why he won’t score the same amount of runs as at No. 4.”
Ballance, who was dropped during last year’s Ashes series, was brought back after scoring his first century of the season for Yorkshire this week.