In eight years, Stuart Broad encounters the chance of losing his first-ever test match at his home ground as the team of England seems serious in launching the pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood’s dual as soon as the team gets the chance.
Since Archer’s appearance the last summer, physical injuries have stopped Archer as well as Wood from playing on the ground together in the test format. Now, both the players are physically fit. Archer is now a member of the team of England in the test match against West Indies.
With no replacement for a batsman on Wednesday’s final slot and Dom Bess as the only spinner on board, the only other problem currently under consideration is the seam strike by Chris Silverwood, head trainer, and the captain, Ben Stokes.
In his Sunday column mail, Broad expressed his views about the placement competition that is ‘extraordinary’ for him. He also shared his belief that though Archer has only seven test matches in his account, he is a very impressive talent and is a part of the best side of England’s team.
With Jimmy Anderson back after his rib injury, the choice is very much straight between Wood and Broad.
Despite showing an exciting display in the warm-up from last week, Chris Woakes is probably going to be out.
Broad, who hasn’t missed a test match in his home ground since he was listed against the West Indies in 2012, has 15 wickets less to make it to 500 and an average of 24. So, the 34-year-old will feel aggravated if he doesn’t make it.
It is to note that 18 months ago in Barbados England did not understand the pitch and selected spinners over Broad which made them face 381 runs.
England wishes to have a pitch more lenient than in the warm-up matches at the Rose Bowl.