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12:19 AM, July 22, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:23 PM, July 22, 2016

Finn, Ball dropped

England captain Alastair Cook announced Thursday that the hosts had reduced their squad for the second Test against Pakistan from 14 to 12 after dropping Steven Finn and Jake Ball.

The fast bowlers, who both played in England's 75-run defeat by Pakistan in the first Test were released ahead of the second Test, which starts at Old Trafford on Friday.

Now fit-again fast bowler James Anderson and all-rounder Ben Stokes, who both didn't play at Lord's, are set to make their Test return in Manchester.

England's decision means they could give a home debut to leg-spinner Adil Rashid, all of whose three Test appearances to date were away to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last year.

"We're going to name a 12 -- Steven Finn and Bally are missing out," Cook said.

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