Anderson and Broad ready to join forces again
way of dealing with social media cricket-wise. It’s difficult when it’s been a big part of your life. He needs to know he doesn’t have to deal with it on his own, he’s got good people around him who want him to be happy, to enjoy his cricket and life away from the sport.”
Root said that the scrutiny Archer faces was likely to be even more intense during the next Ashes tour of Australia, in 16 months. “It is a big challenge and one that’s always there,” Root said. “Obviously, they’ll be trying to find anything on the group, as we found out last time, and what seems like a small, irrelevant incident can be made into a headbutt or worse. We’re very aware it’s a big challenge of touring Australia, but we have that in the bank now and will learn from that.”
Root was still weighing up his side yesterday for the crucial final Test. England’s 14-man squad included all six fast bowlers who appeared in one of the first two Tests. The need for options is particularly great as Ben Stokes’s tight thigh makes him an injury doubt to bowl. Should Stokes be unavailable to bowl, Root admitted England could select four seamers and leave out off-spinner Dom Bess. “It’s an option and something we’ll be thinking about,” Root said. Both James Anderson and Stuart Broad are expected to play. “It’s exciting to know there’s pretty much 1,000 wickets between them and they could lead the attack.” West Indies face selection dilemmas of their own. There is uncertainty over whether their pace quartet can line up for the third consecutive Test. Jason Holder (left), the captain, said retaining all four quicks was possible. “In terms of the workloads and the management of players, everybody’s pulled up really well,” he said.