James Anderson and Stuart Broad during Gret Britain's F1 Grand Prix    Getty Images
James Anderson and Stuart Broad during Great Britain’s F1 Grand Prix Getty Images

England are missing out important on their important bowler James Anderson for first Test against Pakistan at Lord s on Thursday. Anderson s fitness is a concern that can possibly affect the bowling strength of England. His teammate and pacer Stuart Broad feels Anderson should have been included in first Test as that can boost their chances in first itself against equally competitive Pakistan. Anderson, England’s most successful 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 Rolland-Jones or Jake Ball will make their Test Test debut at Lord s. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England 2016, 1st Test at Lord s

Speaking to British media, Broad said, 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. 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).”

Meanwhile, the anticipation surrounding first Test is building up not only for England but for Pakistan s left-arm bowler Mohammad Aamer as well. He has been the talk of the town since he was caught for spot-sixing the last time he played against England at the same venue in 2010, for which he was given five-year ban.