England captain Joe Root says Craig Overton’s height was a deciding factor in bringing him into the team for Chris Woakes and also hopes his previous Ashes experience – during the last tour of Australia – will stand him in good stead.
England will make a late decision on Ben Stokes’ fitness before deciding ontheir final XI for the first Test against Pakistan. Stokes has been managing aquad injury for the past couple of weeks and, although he is certain to takethe field at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday, it is not yet known how muchof a role he can be expected to play with the ball.
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Captain Joe Root revealed that star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has excelledwith bat and ball in the series, was an injury concern. Stokes pulled up indiscomfort midway through his final over of the second Test and, despiteinsisting at the time it was merely a case of tiredness, there are questionmarks over his readiness to play a full part with the ball.
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Captain Joe Root hailed Ben Stokes after his starring role as England beat the West Indies by 113 runs in the second Test at Emirates Old Trafford.Stokes followed up his superb first-innings 176 by posting 78 not out on the final day to help the hosts to a lead of 311, then claimed two wickets as they bowled their opponents out for 198 and levelled the #raisethebat series at 1-1.
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Chris Woakes doubts he will emulate James Anderson and Stuart Broad inreaching 500 Test wickets and is unfazed about occasionally flying under theradar when compared with his more illustrious England team-mates. Much wasmade of Broad’s omission from the first Test of the summer against the WestIndies last month and he responded in emphatic fashion with 16 wickets at10.93 to join Anderson in the exclusive 500-club.
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England batsman Rory Burns praises bowler Stuart Broad following day three ofthe third Test against West Indies at Old Trafford. Broad finds himself oneshy of 500 Test wickets for England heading into the final day of the Test.
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