Test wicket milestone no distraction as James Anderson seeks win

Tricia Pearson
September 7, 2017

England will drop allrounder Chris Woakes and recall paceman Toby Roland-Jones for the decisive third Test against West Indies at Lord's.

But having gone wicketless in the second innings of England's surprise defeat by the West Indies in the second Test at Headingley - a result that left the three-match series all square at 1-1 - Anderson was philosophical about his chances of joining the "500 club" at Lord's.

There are more vexed issues - and three times, while pondering those concerning Westley, Roland-Jones and Woakes, Root prefaced his answer with the phrase: "It is a hard one".

Scotland's cricketers will be bidding to claim their biggest worldwide scalp yet when they entertain England next summer. "I fully expect him to come back strong".

"The highest-ranked team in the world has the responsibility to ensure that the integrity of the game is upheld every single time they play. and that the spirit of cricket is with them every time they enter the field", Lara was quoted as saying by a leading cricket website.

"We just hope the islands it is going to affect, the people prepare well and hopefully they are not hurt too badly. I think that's a great sign", Law pointed out.

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"But I will look back at the end of the summer if we have a good week with a lot more ease".

Under-pressure opener Tom Westley has been retained but is running out of time to prove himself as he has passed the 10-run mark in just one of his last five Test innings.

The ODIs start on July 12 while the five-match Test rubber commences on 1 August at Edgbaston. "Before the series I told the players to make their own history, to chart their paths and to make a statement to the world that we can compete with the best".

Joe Root says England's priority is to secure a series win against the Windies and insists no members of the squad are looking ahead to this winter's Ashes series just yet. "Credit to the West Indies, they played very well last week, but we're a strong side and we've shown over the course of this summer and in the past that we've been able to come back from hard weeks and this is another opportunity for us to do just that", Root said.

He added: "You're always trying to win Test match series".

The Lancashire bowler has played down the achievement, however, and is adamant that he is concentrating exclusively on defeating a resurgent West Indies side to complete a 2-1 series triumph.

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