An­der­son and Wood left on side­lines

Broad set to be re­called for sec­ond Test against West Indies  Bats­man Denly dropped as cap­tain Root makes his re­turn

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Tim Wig­more

James An­der­son and Mark Wood have been left out of Eng­land’s side for the sec­ond Test against West Indies start­ing to­day at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford.

Stu­art Broad is ex­pected to be re­called, and Joe Root, af­ter miss­ing the first Test through pa­ter­nity leave, re­turns in place of Joe Denly. Eng­land lost the first Test and are fac­ing the prospect of a first se­ries de­feat at home against the West Indies since 1988.

Omit­ting An­der­son on his home ground is a par­tic­u­larly no­table de­ci­sion, es­pe­cially as he claimed seven for 54 match fig­ures in his last Test there, against South Africa in 2017.

Both he and Wood are of­fi­cially be­ing rested, with the in­tense sched­ule mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for ei­ther to play three con­sec­u­tive Tests. Nei­ther was at their best in the first Test – An­der­son claimed three wick­ets and Wood one.

If picked, Broad will have an im­me­di­ate chance to restake his claims to be­ing an au­to­matic se­lec­tion af­ter declar­ing he was “an­gry, frus­trated and gut­ted” to be dropped at the Ageas Bowl. Broad has taken 485 Test wick­ets and per­formed im­pres­sively in Eng­land’s se­ries vic­tory in South Africa over the win­ter.

He is ex­pected to be joined by Chris Woakes in the team, al­though Sam Cur­ran and the un­capped Ol­lie Robin­son are also in Eng­land’s 13man squad. Cur­ran played all six of Eng­land’s Tests over the win­ter, though he did not quite repli­cate his Test form of 2018. While his lef­t­arm swing bowl­ing makes him an at­trac­tive op­tion – and his foot­marks could as­sist Dom Bess’s off­spin – Woakes is con­sid­ered the mar­ginal favourite to be se­lected.

Eng­land will as­sess con­di­tions in the morn­ing in Manch­ester, where early rain is fore­cast, be­fore mak­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion on their side. Pick­ing a four-pronged seam at­tack is pos­si­ble, but con­sid­ered un­likely.

Denly’s Test ca­reer ap­pears to be over at the age 34. Zak Craw­ley will shift up to No3 af­ter his im­pres­sive 76 at the Ageas Bowl. Root said that Denly had “helped show our iden­tity as a side and the way we want to play mov­ing for­ward” through his abil­ity to bat time, but had been left out be­cause of a fail­ure to go on to big­ger scores. Denly has passed 53 only three times in his 28 in­nings.

With Jos But­tler also un­der pres­sure, Root said he thought con­sis­tency of se­lec­tion was im­por­tant to en­able play­ers to ful­fil their po­ten­tial. “We have tried to be con­sis­tent be­cause we know how dif­fi­cult it can be when you’re given lim­ited op­por­tu­nity and it’s ‘if I don’t get a score in the first cou­ple of games I’ll be out the team’,” he said, lend­ing

his sup­port to But­tler, de­spite an av­er­age of just 23.22 since the start of 2019.

“I just feel he’s not far away from grab­bing Test cricket and run­ning with it. I’ve seen big strides in terms of his tech­ni­cal game and we want him to find that bal­ance and mind­set he can have in white-ball cricket and add it to a tech­nique and game that can thrive in Test cricket.”

Root said that miss­ing the first Test was “quite hard in some ways” as he fol­lowed Eng­land’s four­wicket de­feat from afar.

“It was hard to sit and watch every ball know­ing you can’t af­fect things,” he said. “These times and the sit­u­a­tion we find our­selves in, you have to do the right thing and away from the cricket side of things it was re­ally spe­cial to have that week and a half with the fam­ily.”

Eng­land have lost four of their last six Tests with the West Indies. “We know they’re a very well-oiled bowl­ing at­tack and have proved in re­cent con­tests be­tween the teams that they’re more than ca­pa­ble of beat­ing us, con­vinc­ingly on oc­ca­sions,” Root said. He drew strength from Eng­land’s come-from-be­hind se­ries vic­tory in South Africa.

“One thing we’ve al­ways been good at is that when we’ve had dif­fi­cult games and tough weeks, we’ve bounced back quickly and learnt lessons. I ex­pect noth­ing dif­fer­ent this time round.”

Root said he ex­pected a strong re­sponse from Broad. “One thing you can guar­an­tee with Stu­art is when he gets his op­por­tu­nity again, he will be des­per­ate to prove a lot of peo­ple wrong and put in a re­ally strong per­for­mance.”

The Eng­land cap­tain is also hop­ing for an in­crease in his per­sonal run-scor­ing af­ter av­er­ag­ing frac­tion­ally un­der 40 since the start of 2018, a dis­ap­point­ing fig­ure by his own high stan­dards.

“There have been pe­ri­ods over the last year and a bit where I’ve been fight­ing my game a bit,” he said. “I’ve not been quite my­self and at my flu­ent best. I’ve had a bit of time to take stock and look at my game and think of ar­eas which I want to get ab­so­lutely right.”

West Indies cap­tain Ja­son Holder said that, af­ter their fine bowl­ing dis­play at the Ageas Bowl, his side were tar­get­ing more con­sis­tency with the bat. Opener John Camp­bell, who re­tired hurt in the sec­ond in­nings at the Ageas Bowl be­fore re­turn­ing to hit the win­ning run, is ex­pected to be fit, with the West Indies set to name an un­changed side.

West Indies have not de­feated any of the seven sides higher in the Test rank­ings away from home since beat­ing New Zealand in 1995.

“I haven’t men­tioned any­thing about his­tory to the guys – it’s hard for us to get caught up in the pe­riph­eral stuff,” said Holder. “This se­ries is still wide open.”

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