England have recalled bowler James Anderson, all-rounder Ben Stokes and leg-spinner Adil Rashid to a 14-man squad for the second test against Pakistan at Old Trafford starting on Friday.
Anderson, England’s record wicket-taker, has recovered from a stress fracture of his right shoulder and bowled 22 overs in the match at Southport, taking 3-58 over the weekend.
Stokes, who has not played a test since the victory over Sri Lanka at Headingley in May, has recovered from surgery on a torn cartilage in his left knee and also made a wicket-taking return.
Yorkshire’s Rashid, who last played in a test in November against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, has been included as a second spin option and is hoping to add to his three caps.
Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Balance, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes (Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Peter Rutherford)