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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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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.

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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.

Finn gets the nod ahead of Ball for first summer Test

Finn has been given the nod ahead of Ball. Credit: PA

Alastair Cook has revealed Steven Finn, as expected, will start ahead of Jake Ball in England's pace attack for the first Investec Test of the summer.

Ball was given his maiden senior international call-up last week when named in England's 12-man squad to face Sri Lanka at Headingley after impressing with the Lions over the winter and in the early part of the county season.

However, his only hope of making his England bow was to oust Finn, who had niggling injuries over the winter and was reported to have been struggling with his rhythm recently.

Finn, though, played a crucial role in the memorable Test series win in South Africa and he will return to the line-up.

"Steven Finn is going to (play). He has been outstanding when he's been fit for us," Cook confirmed at his press conference.

"It's great to have Jake along, and he's made a big impact this year in county cricket. It's great for the guys who haven't seen too much of him to get to know the guy."

World T20 final: West Indies win toss and put England in

Remarkably, West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the pre-match coin toss for the sixth match in a row. He decided to field first, and so England will post a total to chase in Kolkata.

England defeat New Zealand to reach World T20 final

England T20 captain Eoin Morgan (left) with all-rounder Ben Stokes. Credit: PA

England will contest the World Twenty20 final after Jason Roy's career-best knock and some brilliant death bowling overwhelmed New Zealand.

The Black Caps came into the semi-final with a 100 per cent record but were blown away by seven wickets with 17 balls remaining in Delhi.

They had been kept to a below-par 153 for seven by the constricting efforts of Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes and then looked on as Roy crashed 78 from 44 deliveries.

Roy hit 11 fours and two sixes, scoring more than half of the target on his own, before Joe Root (27 not out) and Jos Buttler (32 not out) finished off with three maximums in four deliveries.

England will play either hosts India or the West Indies in this Sunday's final.

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