Amir's Return to Lord's Makes Graeme Swann Feel Sick

Roland-Jones may be in his prime years - and in peak form - but 28 is relatively late to earn a first England call, particularly for a fast bowler.

The 37-year-old, who was part of England's playing XI in that Test, on Friday said it is a mistake that Amir is even allowed to return to Test cricket at all.

If this is how hard Pakistan intend to come at England, it promises to be a fascinating series. "We will make sure we get Cook and Root out so we can put pressure on the middle order".

England national selector James Whitaker said: "Building on the success of the Test series win against Sri Lanka last month, we have maintained our objective of retaining a balanced squad".

This time, Broad had to settle for a mere four for 25 in the first innings but it was job done again, as England went 1-0 up on South Africa.

Gary Ballance is happy to be back in England's Test team ahead of the series against Pakistan, starting at Lord's on Thursday, live on Sky Sports. With Jimmy's experience, that happens within three or four overs, so I would expect the bowlers to be talking all the time in the first hour, just trying to figure out what is happening.

"Over here, the wickets will be much more even. We have made plans. It's just how we execute them".

He agreed to bowl no-balls at specific points during the match in exchange for money as gamblers bet large sums on proceedings with inside information.

He added: "I stick by my initial reaction but if he's making a comeback, all the best to him".

"Against quite a few attacks you can get away with a false technique but not Pakistan". That way you have a chance of him nicking off. But you have to be consistent and patient.

England's Joe Root insists he is ready to bat at number three against Pakistan and is eager to be part of a successful side.

And having been in the United Kingdom since May to play for Essex in England's domestic Twenty20 competition, the hostile quick will look to impart some of his local knowledge on the younger bowlers.

"You are stepping into the unknown - but that can give you a bit extra".

"Trent Bridge went well, Durban went well - I hope it will go the same here".

"Our focus and concentration is to win this Test and play as good as we can for our country and win this game".

Amir will have a watching brief for Pakistan in their tour match at Hove today six years after being involved in the spot-fixing scandal during the Test series against England.

Being in his teens at the time, Amir was always given the benefit of the doubt that elder members of the Pakistan team prayed on his youthfullness to involve him in the bowling of deliberate no-balls.

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