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Anderson, Stokes and Rashid return for second Test

Ben Stokes will add more flexibility to England bowling and batting departments.
Ben Stokes will add more flexibility to England bowling and batting departments.
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Fast bowler James Anderson, all-rounder Ben Stokes and leg-spinner Adil Rashid have been added to the England squad for the second Test against Pakistan in Manchester.

Anderson missed the first Test due to a stress fracture in his right shoulder while Ben Stokes underwent a surgery in May to treat a cartilage tear in his left knee.

Both Anderson and Stokes have recovered from their injuries and are facing each other in the County Championship match for Lancashire and Durham respectively.

Meanwhile, Adil Rashid, who last played a Test match for England in November 2015 against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, has been added as a second spin bowling option alongside Moeen Ali.

Pacer Jake Ball, who made his debut at Lord’s in the first Test is suffering from a thigh injury and will be assessed ahead of the second match.

Meanwhile, Toby Roland-Jones, the Middlesex speedster, who was a part of the squad for the first Test at Lord’s has been dropped and has joined the England Lions squad.

Having conceded a 1-0 lead to Pakistan with a 75-run defeat at Lord’s, England will be keen to square the series when they face off in Manchester for the second Test which will get underway on Friday.

England squad

Alastair Cook (capt), Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Jake Ball 

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