Manchester: England cricket team is facing a selection dilemma ahead of the final Test and series decider against West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester.
In addition to Anderson, Joffrey Archer and Mark Wood, there are many options for hosts in the pace department.
Archer was recalled after violating Kovid-19 protocols before the second Test, but complained of mental impairment after online racial turmoil.
Veteran pacer Anderson will be paired with his former partner Stuart Broad, who made a valuable contribution to Anderson’s second Test victory at home.
“I think the first three players will play, but it will be a difficult decision for Joe Root and Chris Silverwood, some will be disappointed,” Anderson told reporters Wednesday.
Left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who replaced the West Indies right-handed batsmen, could be recalled to replace fellow Somerset spinner Dom Base.
The West Indies will be looking to win the final Test to win the Wisden Trophy in England for the first time since 1988.
“We are constantly reminded that they have the opportunity to change things that will not happen in 32 years,” said West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick.
Like Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Ulzari Joseph and captain Jason Holder in all three matches, the West Indies pace can attack, however, Gabriel and Joseph came on with minor injuries in the second Test.
“Shannon was ready to go into the net to eat a bowl today (Wednesday). The rain has eased it, but I think they’re getting it right. I saw the camera last night and he looked new,” Estwick said.
A major problem for the West Indies is the Test all-rounder and the third batsman on the batting charts. In the final, MasterClass took three wickets for 176, 78 not out.
While many batsmen are battling the fifties, the touring batsmen have not yet achieved a personal century