Hosts tar­get­ing se­ries win with ques­tions over best line of at­tack

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that he had spo­ken to the team doc­tor about the ef­fect of the crit­i­cism he suf­fered. In his col­umn, Archer wrote: “What I did was an er­ror of judg­ment and I have suf­fered the con­se­quences. I haven’t com­mit­ted a crime and I want to start feel­ing my­self again.

“I spoke briefly to the doc­tor about how I’m feel­ing and also to Ben Stokes. Ben tried to ad­vise me on how to deal with be­ing in the spot­light. He vowed to sup­port me. Some of the abuse I have taken over the past few days has been racist and I have de­cided that enough is enough. I have for­warded on my com­plaints to the ECB and that will go through the cor­rect process.”

The pitch for the se­ries decider at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford is two strips across from the sur­face used in the sec­ond Test and was dry­ing in the sun­shine and breeze when it was left open to the el­e­ments on Sun­day and Mon­day.

England coach Chris Sil­ver­wood ex­pects it to be harder, so pre­sum­ably quicker, than the pitch for the sec­ond Test, mean­ing ei­ther Archer or Mark Wood com­ing back in. “Jofra has done his five days and got his tests back which is great and he’ll in­te­grate back into the squad,” Sil­ver­wood said. “We’ve been in touch with him all the way through.

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As we’ve said pre­vi­ously, what we try and do is look af­ter our play­ers – their well-be­ing is our top pri­or­ity. So, Jofra has been looked af­ter and he’ll be pretty glad to get back in amongst us.”

England lacked a bat­ter­ing ram in the sec­ond Test and were forced to pound Stokes into the ground in an ef­fort to break through with the old ball in the ab­sence of Wood and Archer. With Archer avail­able for a match he was prob­a­bly go­ing to be orig­i­nally rested for, they have the lux­ury of pick­ing him and giv­ing Wood fur­ther time to pre­pare for the Pak­istan se­ries.

Wood will be fresh af­ter a week off, but his sched­ule needs to be tightly man­aged with one eye on him peak­ing for the first Ashes Test in 18 months’ time.

This fi­nal Test is a chance for England to not only win the se­ries but clar­ify their best at­tack be­fore play­ing Pak­istan. But they will not be swayed by sen­ti­ment and the thought of play­ing James An­der­son at his home ground and go back on their new pol­icy of no longer pair­ing their two great bowlers to­gether. “You pick a team you think can win the game. Jimmy was rested for the last Test. I think it was the right thing to do,” Sil­ver­wood said.

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