James Anderson, England’s leading wicket-taker in Tests, hasn’t found a place in the initial 16-man touring party for the upcoming five-match Test series against India, commencing on November 9 in Rajkot. The Lancashire fast bowler will continue to undergo rehabilitation for the shoulder injury which ruled him out of the Bangladesh tour. He also missed two Tests against Pakistan due to the injury.
Anderson was a key member of England’s 2-1 series win in India in 2012-13. The 34-year-old took six wickets in the third Test at Eden Gardens and also bagged the Man of the Match award for his fine efforts with the ball in the final Test in Nagpur.
Incidentally, England have retained the same squad that presently is partaking in the two-match Test series against Bangladesh.
England also will be missing the services of Mark Wood, as the Durham paceman sustained an ankle injury before the tour of Bangladesh. As a result, Jake Ball was added to the squad for the Bangladesh series. In Anderson and Wood’s absence, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Steven Finn, Ball and Chris Woakes will form the pace attack.
Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will lead the spin attack, while Surrey teammates – Gareth Batty and Zafar Ansari – form the back-up options. Haseeb Hameed, the Lancashire opener, and Ben Duckett, the Northamptonshire batsman, will be vying to partner Alastair Cook at the top of the order.
England squad: Alastair Cook (c), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.