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Buttler sidelined with thumb fracture

Jos Buttler. Credit: PA

England international Jos Buttler is set for a spell on the sidelines after Lancashire announced the wicketkeeper-batsman has sustained a fractured left thumb.

The 25-year-old was struck by a bottom edge from Ben Cox's bat while keeping during the Lightning's T20 Blast win over Worcestershire on Friday.

He was in visible discomfort for the remainder of Worcestershire's innings, but the blow did not stop him blasting a 20-ball half-century, Lancashire's fastest fifty in Twenty20 cricket.

Lancashire cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles confirmed after the match that Buttler would undergo an X-ray and now his county and the England and Wales Cricket Board have provided an update on his condition.

A statement read: "Lancashire and England's Jos Buttler received a blow to his left thumb during Friday night's NatWest T20 Blast match against Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.

"X-rays later revealed he sustained a small stable fracture which will be managed conservatively."

Anderson to miss first Test against Pakistan

James Anderson. Credit: PA

James Anderson has been omitted from England's squad for the first Test with Pakistan.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced Anderson had not recovered from a shoulder injury sustained in the third Test with Sri Lanka last month.

Jos Buttler had been in contention to replace Nick Compton, but was also not named in the 12-man squad.

Instead, Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance was recalled, while Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones receives a first call-up.

England captain Alastair Cook said: "Jimmy has been touch and go for a while, he is making really good progress but it is the selectors' view that he just wont be quite ready for that first Test, hopefully for the second."

The first Test begins on July 14 at Lord's.

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Anderson a doubt for first Pakistan Test

James Anderson's participation in next month's first Investec Test against Pakistan appears in doubt because of a shoulder injury in his bowling arm.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed Anderson will definitely miss his scheduled return to action in Lancashire's Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

James Anderson could miss out. Credit: PA

That match begins on July 3, with the four-Test series against Pakistan then getting under way at Lord's only 11 days later.

The ECB has yet to issue an official assessment of Anderson's injury, which has been reported elsewhere as a stress fracture of his right shoulder blade.

Bairstow stars as England stay on course for whitewash

Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes' career-best Test scores put England in control against Sri Lanka at Lord's as the hosts set a dominant first innings total.

England arguably under-achieved on Thursday's first day of the third Test, as they seek a 3-0 series whitewash, despite the continuation of Bairstow's brilliant form.

Jonny Bairstow's 167 not out turned an unpromising innings into a comprehensive and potentially match-winning score. Credit: PA

But on the resumption, the seventh-wicket pair extended their stand from 52 to 144 to help the hosts to a lunchtime 384 for seven.

Waokes registered his maiden Test half-century before going for 66 leaving Bairstow to shine in an unbeaten 167 as England passed 400 runs before being bowled out for 416.

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England complete innings win over Sri Lanka

England's Johnny Bairstow. Credit: PA

James Anderson and Jonny Bairstow were the driving forces as England began their Test summer with an emphatic innings victory inside three days over Sri Lanka at Headingley.

Only bad weather and a maiden half-century from Kusal Mendis remotely threatened to inconvenience England, and Anderson - who finished with a match haul of 10 for 45 - and wicketkeeper Bairstow, with nine catches to add to his 140 runs, were having none of it.

The first of three Tests was wrapped up by an innings and 88 runs, shortly after tea, when Sri Lanka were bowled out for 119 after losing their last seven wickets for 26.

Anderson in the wickets again at Headingley

James Anderson strikes again at Headingley. Credit: PA

England's bowlers managed only two wickets, both again from James Anderson, on the third morning at Headingley as Sri Lanka tried to hold up their hosts' victory charge in the first Investec Test.

Following on 207 runs behind after being hustled out for 91 by Anderson and Stuart Broad the previous evening, Sri Lanka's lot was once again unenviable to keep England's seamers at bay in difficult conditions.

But a poor weather forecast for Saturday's remaining two sessions, and the jarred left knee which meant Ben Stokes was unlikely to bowl, offered minor respite - and Kusal Mendis rode his luck before rain brought an early lunch, with his team on 77 for two.

Weather delays day three start in Headingley Test

England bowler Stuart Broad wrapped up at Headingley. Credit: PA

England's victory push was set to get under way 15 minutes late, after overnight rain, on day three of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.

The tourists face an unenviable task, in likely tough conditions again, to have any chance of avoiding defeat over the remaining three days - after being bowled out for 91 on Friday and then following on.

Just two more deliveries were possible on the second evening, with Sri Lanka one for none second time round but needing another 206 just to make England bat again.

A poor forecast on Saturday offered them possible hope of some respite from a rampant home attack, led by James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

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