England v Pakistan Tests
Broad questions Anderson's omission
England quick 'will be disappointed' he's not in the squad for first Test, says Broad
13 July 2016, 03:05 PM AEST
England should have gambled on paceman James Anderson's fitness and included him in the squad for the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's, teammate Stuart Broad believes.
Anderson, England's most prolific Test bowler with 454 wickets, was left out of England's 12-man squad for the first match of the four-Test series beginning on Thursday.
In his absence, Toby Roland-Jones or Jake Ball will make a Test debut at Lord's.
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"I would have been tempted to have Jimmy in the 13, then you have him around working with the bowlers, pushing his fitness to maybe play on Thursday," Broad told British media.
"I saw him (last week) and he was doing OK. He was pretty certain he would be included. I don't want to speak for him but he will be disappointed he is not in the squad.
"I think he has probably been told he has to play some cricket to be 100 per cent because the sensible thing is you do not risk him in the first (Test) and have him out of the rest – you get him right for Old Trafford (the second Test)."
The opening Test at Lord's is likely to be a tense occasion as it marks the return of Pakistan's Mohammad Amir to the scene of his 2010 spot-fixing scandal, for which he was given a five-year ban.
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Roland-Jones earned a call-up after a season-and-a-half of impressive feats in the County Championship; in 2016, he has collected 30 wickets at 29, while last year he took 48 at 27.
Ball appears the more likely starter after being a part of the England squad through the three-Test Sri Lanka series, with the Nottinghamshire quick claiming 35 wickets at 22 to date this summer.
"It's disappointing that Jimmy hasn't made it but Jake's in the squad, he's started the season in fantastic form," Broad added. "He's had a slight elbow niggle but he's learnt a lot about his bowling in last 18 months and he's ready to make that step up.
"He's got physical attributes, he moves the ball both ways, comes round the wicket to the left-handers and hits the ball harder."