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England axe Steven Finn and Jake Ball from 2nd Test squad, James Anderson returns

England axe Steven Finn and Jake Ball from 2nd Test squad, James Anderson returns

Britain chief Alastair Cook declared Thursday that the hosts had decreased their squad for the second Test against Pakistan from 14 to 12 in the wake of dropping Steven Finn and Jake Ball.

The quick bowlers, who both played in England’s 75-run rout by Pakistan in the main Test at Lord’s, were discharged in front of the second Test, which begins at Old Trafford on Friday.

Presently fit-again quick 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.

Britain’s choice means they could give a home introduction to leg-spinner Adil Rashid, the greater part of whose three Test appearances to date were away to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates a year ago.