England announce squad for second Test, Anderson and Wood rested
England have named their squad for the second Test against West Indies, starting July 16 at the Emirates Old Trafford. Fast bowlers James Anderson and Mark Wood have been rested, while batsman Joe Denly has been left out of the squad. Meanwhile, Sam Curran and Olliee Robinson have earned promotions. They were named in the reserves list before. Here is the full squad.
England's full squad for second Test: Joe Root (C), Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (WK), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes. Reserves: James Bracey, Joe Denly, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Olly Stone.
Looking at the immediate workload, fast bowlers James Anderson and Mark Wood have been rested for the second Test. Previously, the England team management had indicated that seamers will be rotated accordingly in order to prevent injuries. As a result, Stuart Broad will spearhead England's pace attack alongside Jofra Archer. All-rounder Chris Woakes is also in contention to make a return.
Sussex's fast bowler Ollie Robinson has also earned a maiden Test call-up. The 26-year-old impressed in the intra-squad warm-up fixture, having taken two wickets. He also has 236 wickets to his name in 56 First-class matches at an average of 22.33. However, he his unlikely to make his Test debut with all the marquee fast bowlers around.
As expected, top order batsman Joe Denly lost his spot with Joe Root's arrival in the XI. A string of low scores in Test cricket led to his omission. In 26 Test innings so far, he has only managed to score 780 runs at 30.00. Notably, he hasn't been able to touch the 40-run mark in his last eight Test innings.
Ahead of the second Test, Root said leaving out Denly wasn't easy. "It's never an easy decision, having to leave someone out," said Root. "He [Denly] has done a brilliant job over a period of time. He's helped show our identity as a side and showed how we want to play moving forward, batting a long period of time and laying a platform."
West Indies fared better than England in all departments as they handed them a four-wicket defeat in the first Test. However, Root's comeback would have provided the hosts the much-needed booster. While the dejected England will be aiming to level the three-match series 1-1 at the Old Trafford, West Indies could register their maiden series victory in the nation after 1988.