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Anderson absent again as England unchanged for India tour

Britain Cricket - England v Pakistan - Fourth Test - Kia Oval - 13/8/16 England's James Anderson in action Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs
Britain Cricket - England v Pakistan - Fourth Test - Kia Oval - 13/8/16England's James Anderson in actionAction Images via Reuters / Paul Childs

LONDON (Reuters) - England have named an unchanged squad for their tour of India with their all-time leading wicket-taker James Anderson not included in the initial 16-man list for the five-test series, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Tuesday.

Anderson, with 463 wickets in 119 matches, is recovering from a shoulder injury and has been left out of the squad for the opening test in Rajkot starting on Nov. 9 and is doubtful for the second test in Visakhapatnam.

A recurrence of the injury forced the 34-year-old out of the current series against Bangladesh and his availability for the remaining four tests in India, the world's top-ranked side, will be left to medical staff.

That means Jake Ball remains with the squad, which is unchanged from the two-test series in Bangladesh, after he was added to the party. England won the first test by 22 runs on Monday, with the second test beginning in Dhaka on Friday.

Squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

(Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Toby Davis)

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