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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.