Anderson should have been in England squad for Lord’s test – Broad
LONDON: England ought to have bet on seamer James Anderson’s wellness and included him in the squad for the principal test against Pakistan at Lord’s, paceman Stuart Broad has said.
Anderson, England’s best test bowler with 454 wickets, was let well enough alone for England’s 12-man squad for the main match of the four-test arrangement starting on Thursday.
In his nonattendance, Toby Roland-Jones or Jake Ball will make a test debut at Lord’s.
“I would have been enticed to have Jimmy in the 13, then you have him around working with the bowlers, pushing his wellness to perhaps play on Thursday,” Broad told British media.
“I saw him (a week ago) and he was doing OK. He was entirely sure he would be incorporated. I would prefer not to represent him however he will be disillusioned he is not in the squad.
“I think he has presumably been advised he needs to play some cricket to be 100 for every penny in light of the fact that the sensible thing is you don’t chance him in the primary (test) and have him out of the rest, you get him a good fit for Old Trafford (the second test).”
The principal test at Lord’s on Thursday is liable to be a strained event as it denote the arrival of Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir to the scene of his spot-settling outrage of 2010, for which he was given a five-year boycott.