The England Cricket Board (ECB) announced a 14-man squad for the third and final Test against Pakistan, commencing on the 21st of August in Southampton. The party remains unchanged from the second Test at the same venue, which resulted in a draw due to unhelpful weather conditions. England leads the three-match series currently, having recorded a resounding victory in Manchester in the first by three wickets.
The third Test will feature flexible start timings, ensuring that the outcome is not that of a draw. Speaking of England’s squad, the hosts must decide whether to unleash the express pace of Mark Wood or Jofra Archer, both of whom can clock 90 mph. Mark Wood has played only the opening Test of the season against the West Indies in Southampton so far.
On the other hand, Jofra Archer featured in two against the Caribbeans and the opening game against Pakistan. So far, he has taken eight wickets in the season. Sam Curran and Chris Woakes both played in the previous clash, bolstering the batting fair bit in the absence of Ben Stokes. Nevertheless, they could find themselves out of the side if England chooses to add more pace in their ranks. The elusive pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad look like certainties.
England squad for the third Test against Pakistan:
Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Dominic Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)