England vs West Indies 3rd Test: Jofra Archer back as England announces 14-man squad for decider

Dynamic all-rounder Jofra Archer, after much anticipation, has been included in England’s 14-man squad for the deciding Test against West Indies.

The 25-year-old was dropped from the second Test for breaching the Covid-19 bio-secure protocols. Archer, who recently spoke of struggling for motivation when he returned to practice and needing to be “100% mentally right” is set to roll when the teams lock horns at Old Trafford.

With the three-Test series evenly poised at 1-1, West Indies have the opportunity for a first win in England since 1988 and end a 32-yeard drought. England are looking to reclaim the Wisden Trophy and defend a six-year unbeaten home record.

James Anderson and Mark Wood have also been named in a 14-man squad for Friday’s match. Archer will now compete with Anderson, Wood, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran for one of three places in the final XI.

Broad, Woakes and Curran were the pace attack for the second Test, which England won by 113 runs. Anderson and Wood, who both played in England’s first-Test defeat, have been recalled after being rested for the second.

In naming all six fast bowlers that have played so far in the series for the squad for the third Test, England have delayed giving any indication about who will make the final XI on Friday.

England coach Chris Silverwood has said England will play their strongest team for the decider. The hosts have also opted against changing their spinner, with Dom Bess retained ahead of Jack Leach.

England squad vs West Indies for 3rd Test:

Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Dominic Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).