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Archer, Anderson, Wood back in England squad for final West Indies Test
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Archer, Anderson, Wood back in England squad for final West Indies Test

Jofra Archer, James Anderson and Mark Wood have returned to England's 14-man squad for the series-deciding third Test against West Indies at Old Trafford.

The three pacers were not present in the England line-up in their 113-run victory over the visitors at the same venue.

Anderson and Wood had been rested for the contest while Archer was excluded as a consequence of breaking the coronavirus protocols. The 25-year-old seamer had made a short visit to his home ahead of the match with his actions resulting in a fine and a written warning from the board.

Archer had to undergo a five-day isolation period, during which he tested negative for coronavirus twice before being allowed to come back into the "bio-secure bubble" alongside his teammates.

The circumstances around this latest call-up for Archer were mired in controversy after the rookie speedster spoke of the mental toll from racist abuse he received on social media following the virus breach.

Archer, Anderson and Wood will join Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes in the battle to fill up the pace bowling slots up for grabs in the playing XI.

Broad was the standout performer for England in the second Test as he picked six wickets across the two innings, wreaking havoc with the new ball. Broad's heroics followed a measured outburst from the veteran regarding his shock omission from the first Test.

On the batting front, England have made no changes as designated wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has once again managed to retain his spot despite a duck in the second innings of the previous encounter.

Meanwhile, world No. 1 all-rounder Ben Stokes is expected to feature in the match, though he nursed an injury woe due to a diving effort in the field on the last day of England's win. Dom Bess has been preferred by the selectors over Jack Leach as the team's sole frontline spinner.

England need to emerge triumphant against the West Indies in order to regain possession of the Wisden Trophy as the series is currently tied at 1-1.

England squad

Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood