Stokes and Anderson will boost England


Former Pakistan fast bowler, Wasim Akram, believes the return of James Anderson and Ben Stokes will provide a huge boost to the hosts ahead of the second Test at Old Trafford.

Stokes is returning from a knee injury that saw him miss most of the visit of Sri Lanka as well as the first Test of this series while Anderson suffered an injury to his shoulder in the third Test against Sri Lanka and missed the defeat to Pakistan at Lord's.

Anderson turned out in a county game for Lancashire and bowled 22 overs during Durham's first innings before being rested in during the second stanza.

Speaking during a television interview, wasim said: "The inclusion of Stokes and Anderson will improve the overall performance of the English side.

"Pakistan must remain composed and cautious in next game as England may stage a comeback."

The former left-arm quick was full of praise for Yasir Shah, who had England in a twist at Lord's: "English team will be careful of Yasir Shah.

"Yasir Shah is a great addition to Pakistan's bowling attack."

England have recruited former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, in a bid to counter Shah and boost their own spinners, a move which Wasim thinks will be beneficial: "Saqlain Mushtaq's presence in the English camp will definitely make a difference to Pakistan as he knows ins and outs of our national team,

"Saqlain will tell English batsmen to tackle leg spinners especially Yasir Shah because he knows where and how to hit Pakistan."