The England team is all geared up as they get ready to host West Indies for a three-match Test series at home. While the Three Lions selectors named a 13 member squad for the first Test on Friday last week, there has been certain debates regarding the final playing XI.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels veteran pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad deserve to be in the playing XI for the team’s first Test against West Indies starting Wednesday.
However, there is an air of uncertainty of Broad featuring in the first Test due to tactical reasons. While he was named in the initial squad 13 players, the England management is giving serious consideration to unleashing the dual pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood at the earliest opportunity.
Hussain also stated England are going to rotate the bowlers around, considering workload management. This is because the Lions have a series with Pakistan lined up next after the West Indies series concludes.
“A lot will be made of the first Test selection, but the bowlers are going to be rotated. I would start with Anderson and Broad because they deserve it. Then I’d leave (Chris) Woakes out and pick one of (Mark) Wood or (Jofra) Archer,” Hussain was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
“I’d probably go for Wood because he bowled very well in his last two Tests in South Africa, but Archer is a serious bowler so I’d have no problem with him instead,” he added.
West Indies had famously beaten England during the previous series between the two sides that was played in the Caribbean Islands. A draw in the series would be enough for them to retain the Wisden trophy.
The first Test of the three-match series is scheduled to be played at Ageas Bowl, followed by two matches at the Old Trafford from July 16 and 24 respectively.