Chris Silverwood, England, Jofra Archer, Coach
Chris Silverwood (Credits - Getty)

England will pick the strongest possible attack for the third and decisive Test of the Wisden Trophy, head coach Chris Silverwood assured the ‘three Lions’ fans ahead of the Old Trafford Test.

England came back handsomely in the 2nd Test last week after having suffered a 4-wicket defeat at the Rose Bowl, courtesy aj all-round 113-run victory but they still need to win the final match in order to regain the Wisden Trophy; a draw will ensure that Jason Holder’s men take the coveted trophy back to the Caribbean.

“We’ve got to put out the strongest attack that’s available to us. It’s very difficult to keep everybody happy all the time. But if you do things for the right reason, I think there’s an understanding there. It’s about being very honest and open with what we are trying to do and why,” Chris Silverwood told ESPNCricinfo.

“Everyone wants to play all the time and I’d probably be more disappointed if they didn’t. When you’re leaving out world-class players, from my point of view it’s a very good place for English cricket to be. It’s never easy and you’re always going to get pushback. But you try to be as honest as possible,” he added.

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“I thought Bessy got better and better as the game went on”- Chris Silverwood ahead of the 3rd Test between England and West Indies

England Will Pick The Strongest Attack For The Series Decider: Chris Sillverwood
England won the second Test by 113 runs (Credits: Twitter)

England has thus far played with two completely different sets of fast bowlers in the first and second Tests. While James Anderson, Mark Wood, and Jofra Archer spearheaded the unit in the home sides’ four-wicket defeat at Rose Bowl. The trio made way for Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, and Sam Curran at Old Trafford as James Anderson and Mark were both rested and Jofra Archer was dropped after he breached the ‘bio-bubble’ protocol.

Anderson and Archer are certain to come back in the playing XI while Stuart Broad [6 wickets], Chris Woakes [5 wickets] and Sam Curran, who chipped in with crucial breakthroughs, make a compelling case for themselves. As far as Dom Bess [1-67 & 2-59] is concerned, Silverwood reckoned that the off-spinner got ‘better and better’ as the game progressed in the last Test, which means he looks like a certainty for the decider.

“I thought Bessy got better and better as the game went on. He found his rhythm and the last few overs he came to the forefront. All the options are on the table but Dom is the spinner that’s in possession at the moment,” Chris Silverwood said.

The third Test of the #raisethebat Wisden Trophy starts from Friday, July 24.

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