England’s record Test wicket-taker James Anderson will miss at least the start of the team’s tour of India as the pace bowler continues his recovery from a shoulder injury.
Anderson was left out of an initial 16-man squad announced Tuesday by the England and Wales Cricket Board. The squad is unchanged from the one currently touring Bangladesh.
However, the ECB said in a statement that “it is hoped he will still play some part in the series” in India, with the first of five Tests against the world’s top-ranked Test team starting on Nov. 9 in Rajkot.
Further matches follow at Visakhapatnam, Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai.
The 34-year-old Anderson, who has taken 463 wickets in 119 matches, has already missed the series in Bangladesh.
After narrowly winning the opener in Chittagong, the second and final Test starts Friday in the capital, Dhaka.
England squad for India Test series: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.