For the final match of the delicately poised Wisden Trophy is to be played at Manchester. The English side has announced a 14-man squad for the 3rd Test against the West Indies.

Ben Stokes

For the England pacers James Anderson, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer have made a comeback. Anderson was rested for the second Test as he had an average performance in the first game while Wood was bowling fast but he didn’t get much success which was why he was dropped.

Exclusion of Archer was because he broke the bio-secure protocol when he was travelling to Manchester from Southampton. He decided to make a stop at his home in between that violated the protocol and attracted a fine and warning from the ECB.

Hitting on his critics, Archer claimed that he was unsure whether he was in the right state of mind to play for England, but now he is mentally prepared to feature in the series. All the test results of the 25-year-old pacer have come negative.

The 14-man squad decided includes the pacers who showed performance in the 2nd Test, i.e., Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, and Stuart Broad. With 6 quality fast bowlers in their arsenal and the all-round capabilities of Ben Stokes, England seems like a hardened order on paper.

Ollie Robinson, who was included in the 13-man squad for the 2nd Test, has been dropped. Wicket-keeper Ben Foakes is also another notable absentee. He has been made part of England Test team owing to the poor form of Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler.

Announced 14-man England Squad for the 3rd Test

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), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

The Wisden Trophy at 1-1 is delicately poised 

With both England and West Indies winning 1 game, the 3-match Wisden Trophy series is levelled which is why the third game is important for both the teams, although chances of rain spoiling the day are high.

So far, in the first test Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel led the West Indies side for a win, while a comeback from the hosts was powered by one of the best-ever all-round Test performances of Ben Stokes to level the scores.