James Anderson was the highest wicket-taker in the Test series against Sri Lanka © Getty Images
James Anderson was the highest wicket-taker in the Test series against Sri Lanka © Getty Images

As England prepare to face Pakistan at home for Test series, their ace bowler James Anderson seems to be unavailable following his injury. Pakistan are scheduled to play four Test matches with Pakistan starting from July 3 and Anderson, having sustained a shoulder injury, is unlikely to play in the series opener. England have last played Test with Sri Lanka, winning the series 2-0 and will look to win the upcoming series to maintain their winning status. However, the team will definitely miss Anderson, who played a major role behind England’s victory in the series against Sri Lanka. READ: James Anderson top-ranked ICC Test bowler; Ravichandran Ashwin second

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that the bowler is set to miss his next two matches in the County Championship for Lancashire. The medical team of ECB and Lancashire will examine the injury he has suffered and then further steps will be taken. Anderson was the highest wicket-taker with 21 wickets in the Sri Lanka series and is England’s best bet for the Test series with Pakistan.

The series is already much talked-about as Pakistan’s Mohammad Aamer is all set to play in England once again after the infamous spot-fixing scandal that cost him five years of his professional cricket career. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is keen to get Aamer back with his full finesse and is doing all that is necessary to restore confidence in the bowler. The Pakistan team will be led by Misbah-ul-Haq and will play four Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and a one-off Twenty20 International (T20I) in England.