third Test: Ben Stokes-inspired hosts look to clinch sequence

Manchester, July 23

The equation for the third and remaining Test of the continuing three-match sequence on the Old Trafford beginning Friday is straightforward — hosts England want a win to clinch the Wisden Trophy, whereas West Indies want only a draw to retain the title.

Jason Holder’s troops had famously overwhelmed England in the course of the two groups’ final assembly within the Caribbean Islands, so they are going to get to maintain the trophy it they handle to eke out a constructive consequence from the ultimate Test.

However, issues aren’t going to be simple for the guests as momentum is on England’s facet following their 113-run victory within the second Test. The hosts will even be boosted by the return of fast-bowler Jofra Archer, who was axed for the second Test for breaking bio-secure bubble protocols.

“Jofra Archer has been bowling seriously well in the nets, with pace and accuracy, and it’s great to have him back with the squad,” England batsman Ollie Pope wrote in his column for Sky Sports.

England head coach Chris Silverwood has already mentioned they are going to go into the match with their strongest assault however it stays to be seen what truly their strongest assault is.

Stuart Broad was ignored of the primary Test and he did exceedingly properly within the second whereas James Anderson regarded in good kind within the sequence opener however needed to sit on the bench for the second match. Then there are the likes of Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and in addition the returning Archer.

But the one certainty within the England staff will probably be Ben Stokes, who has given an awesome account of his all-round skills within the sequence up to now. He single-handedly introduced his staff again into the sequence following their four-wicket defeat on the Ageas Bowl.

“I saw Joe (Root) say the other day that we’re in the presence of greatness, and he’s spot on,” Anderson was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“After a week in which he’s done pretty much everything – he was chasing balls off his own bowling and batting most of the two innings that we did bat and getting wickets as well — it can take its toll so we’ve got to look after him and make sure we can keep getting the best out of him for as long as possible,” he added.

As for the West Indies, they should discover a resolution for his or her misfiring star batsman Shai Hope. Legendary fast-bowler Curtly Ambrose has mentioned that West Indies run the danger of damaging Hope in the event that they proceed to play him regardless of him being clearly out-of-sorts within the sequence. In 4 innings, he has scores 16, 9, 25 and seven to his title.

However, skipper Holder feels there stays loads of positives for them that might assist them seal the sequence in Manchester.

“There were lot of positives for us in defeat. The way Jermaine Blackwood followed up the first Test; Kraigg Brathwaite continues to be a bright spark; Shamarh Brooks has come into his own and Roston Chase is slowly but surely becoming a frontline off-spinner, maybe not to the rest of the world but certainly to us,” Holder wrote in his column for Daily Mail.

“He was outstanding with the ball in the first innings and backed it up with a half century. Shannon Gabriel still looked threatening and Kemar Roach finally found success after bowling so well in the first two games. The team dynamic and spirit were very good too,” he added.


England: Joe Root (C) Ben Stokes, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, James Bracey, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson, Olly Stone West Indies: Jason Holder (C), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach –IANS

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