Broad likely to drop for first Test against West Indies
Veteran England pacer Stuard Broad might be excluded from the playing XI for the first Test against West Indies. If it happens, Broad will miss first home Test match in eight years. He last missed a home Test when he was rested against West Indies in 2012.
England are considering the option to pave the way for two young pacers- Jofra Archer and Mark Wood. So, James Anderson will have to open the bowling on Wednesday (July 8) without his long time bowling partner if Archer-Wood duo plays.
With one spinner Dom Bess is likely to name in the playing XI, there are three vacant places remaining for pacers. So among Anderson, Broad, Archer and Wood- only three will play in the first Test.
According to a report in ‘The Guardian’,
“Broad faces the prospect of missing a first home Test match in eight years as England give serious consideration to unleashing the dual pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood at the earliest opportunity.
“With no spare batsman in this final group for Wednesday and one spinner, Dom Bess, it leaves the make-up of the seam attack as the only issue still to be debated by Chris Silverwood, the head coach, and Ben Stokes, his stand-in captain.”
After Archer’s debut in Tests last year, he and Wood haven’t been able to play together for injury issues. But now they’re fully fit and make their place in the 13-man squad for first Test against West Indies.
However, as there is immense competition in the squad and with six back-to-back Tests against the West Indies and Pakistan, rotation policy will be used to keep the pacers fit and fresh.
“Three back-to-back Tests against West Indies, followed by three more in quick succession versus Pakistan in August, make rotation inevitable this summer and mean the seamers who miss out first up may not be on the sidelines for long,” the paper reported.
Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.