Broad would have included Anderson in first-Test squad


Stuart Broad believes his England opening partner James Anderson ought to have been included in the squad for the first Test with Pakistan.

England take on the tourists at Lord's in the first of four matches starting on Thursday, but they will do so without leading wicket-taker Anderson, who is recovering from a shoulder injury.

His absence will mean a debut for either Jake Ball or Toby Roland-Jones, but Broad feels England would have been better served including a man who has 454 Test scalps to his name.

"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 reporters.

"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 at Old Trafford starts on July 22.