England going to contemplate rotating Stokes: Coach Silverwood

Manchester, July 22

England will “consider rotating” star all-rounder Ben Stokes regardless that his presence makes it a greater staff, mentioned coach Chris Silverwood forward of the third and remaining Test towards the West Indies starting on Friday.

Stokes scored 176 and 78 not out in two innings and in addition took three wickets as England beat West Indies by 113 runs within the second Test to degree the three-match collection 1-1.

His efficiency additionally earned Stokes the numero uno place within the ICC all-rounder rankings, displacing West Indies skipper Jason Holder.

“We want him out there as much as we can; everyone can see how good he is,” mentioned Silverwood.

“But you know what, we’re going to consider rotating him. He’s been at the centre of the last couple of games and we’ve got to make sure he’s okay. But if he is fit and healthy, he’ll play.”    

The 29-year-old had pulled himself out of the assault halfway by way of his 15th over throughout West Indies’ second innings however later insisted that there was “absolutely nothing to worry about”.

Silverwood mentioned Stokes must be “rein” in throughout coaching as he was at all times seeking to push himself. “He’ll keep pushing himself, which is why he is as good as he is.”

“But from a training perspective we try and rein him in where possible and keep him as fit as a fiddle because I know we’re a better team with him out there… We’ve got to look after him the best we can.”

Following the third Test towards the West Indies, England will play one other three-Test collection towards Pakistan beginning August 5.

England had picked James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood for the opening Test, whereas they included Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran within the second match.

With six or seven seamers at his disposal, Silverwood will face a variety headache however he mentioned he was decided to choose the “strongest attack” to win the third Test.

“We’ve got to put out the strongest attack out that’s available to us. It’s very difficult to keep everybody happy all the time. But if you do things for the right reason, I think there’s an understanding there,” mentioned the 45-year-old.

“Everyone wants to play all the time and I’d probably be more disappointed if they didn’t. When you’re leaving out world-class players, from my point of view it’s a very good place for English cricket to be. It’s never easy and you’re always going to get pushback. But you try to be as honest as possible,” Silverwood added.

The former seamer additionally hinted that each Dom Bess and Jos Buttler may preserve their spots within the third Test. PTI

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