LONDON: 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.
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.
The Lancashire paceman´s place in the squad has been taken by uncapped seamer Toby Roland-Jones, now pushing for a Test debut on his Lord´s home ground.
"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," said England captain Alastair Cook at a Lord´s press conference previewing the series on Thursday.
With struggling number three Nick Compton having taken time out of cricket, the selectors have recalled Yorkshire´s Gary Ballance for the first of a four-Test series starting on July 14.
They also decided against recalling one-day wicket-keeper Jos Buttler to Test duty and playing all-rounder Ben Stokes, not fit for bowling following a knee injury, as a specialist batsman.
Roland-Jones, 28, has been in fine for Middlesex this season, with 30 County Championship wickets at under 30 apiece.
Ballance, 26 last played Test cricket against Australia at Lord´s last year.
This week he scored 132 in the first innings against Middlesex at Scarborough.
England national selector James Whitaker said: "Building on the success of the Test series win against Sri Lanka last month, we have maintained our objective of retaining a balanced squad.
"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."
This will be England´s first home series against Pakistan since the infamous 2010 campaign.
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).– Agencies