An­der­son and Broad ready to join forces again

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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.

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