England have made three additions to their Test squad for Friday's (22 July) second clash with Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford. Regulars James Anderson and Ben Stokes both return from injury, while Yorkshire spinner Adil Rashid is recalled to an expanded 14-man group as Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones drops out.
Experienced right-arm paceman Anderson was prevented from playing any part in the recent 75-run defeat at Lord's with a stress fracture of the right shoulder blade suffered against Sri Lanka, but proved his fitness by coming through the first two days of Lancashire's County Championship Division One clash with Durham unscathed.
After facing three balls for no runs at the tail end of his side's first innings, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, who has now been replaced by formidable Pakistan leggie Yasir Shah atop of the ICC rankings, claimed the dismissals of Keaton Jennings, Paul Collingwood and Adam Hickey en route to posting impressive figures of 3-58 from 22 overs in front of the national selectors. He has since been replaced by Nathan Buck.
Stokes is also featuring in that ongoing match, scoring 21 with the bat and taking a catch from Haseeb Hameed but failing to grab any wickets, and will now return to the international fold for the first time since undergoing surgery to correct a cartilage tear in his left knee suffered against the touring Sri Lankans in May.
Rashid, an unused member of last year's Ashes squad, has not played Test cricket since debuting during the 2-0 series defeat to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October/November 2015. His maiden appearance in Abu Dhabi was certainly memorable as he recorded historically bad opening figures of 0-163, before taking a five-wicket haul in the second innings.
The 28-year-old presents a second spinning alternative behind the struggling Moeen Ali, with many believing he should be installed as the frontline option in that regard with the pitch at Old Trafford expected to turn. Anderson and Stokes are likely to replace Jake Ball and Steven Finn, with Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes surely guaranteed to start.