Wahab Riaz promises Pakistan will back 'younger brother' Amir

"It is Pakistan's batting that I'm anxious about, even with James Anderson out of the first Test", Akram said on Sunday, while adding that he had more faith in the team's bowling attack.

If this is how hard Pakistan intend to come at England, it promises to be a fascinating series.

England coach Trevor Bayliss has already hinted at a recall for Buttler, admitting he hopes the Lancashire star can translate his white-ball form to the Test match forum. "He was with us past year in the Ashes when he was injured, and he was with us in Durban [for the first Test against South Africa in December]". In his absence Toby Rolland-Jones or Jake Ball will make their Test Test debut at Lord's.

England batsman Joe Root has insisted that he is ready to move up to number three in the batting order for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan.

"If he thinks it is just trash talk then hats off to him".

And Broad says picking Anderson, 33, would have allowed the King of Swing as much time as possible to make a bid to play against Pakistan at Lord's.

"It probably comes down to making peace with what (the press) are going to write, what the public are going to think, and accepting that if you get caught second slip having a big whoosh, so be it".

"This was all a bit of a surprise and shock to me really, but of course it was one of the most pleasing phone calls I've ever received", said the Ashford-born seamer.

"It doesn't change that the game's about scoring runs".

"That is what we all want - we are talking about two good sides and they seem very united and we are going to have a really good Test series", the England skipper added.

"I think he was like King Lear, "more sinned against than sinning", explained former England captain Brearley in a reference to the Shakespeare play. That's now translating into my cricket.

"It's a great feeling to be back in the squad, especially when you've been out of the side for a while".

Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz portrayed England's middle order as a potential pressure point on Tuesday, but Root rejected the notion that they were a work in progress.

Former England spinner Graeme Swann has hit out at Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, saying that the latter who was earlier involved in a spot-fixing scandal should have been banned from the sport to protect the integrity of the game and help inspire youngsters.

Amir made his global comeback earlier this year in New Zealand and was subjected to loud boos by the crowd. "He's learnt a lot of things, he's very skilful as well - he knows about his bowling and has a lot of knowledge about cricket".

"Gary is mentally strong and we feel that he will add quality and experience to England's middle-order".

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