James Anderson and Stuart Broad could play together in the pink-ball third Test against India, England captain Joe Root has said. Anderson and Broad have featured in alternate Tests so far this winter, playing one game each during the win in Sri Lanka and then across the first two games of the India series, with Anderson recently saying he feared the duo had played their last Test in tandem.
“You’d be wrong to ever write off those two doing anything with their records and what they have produced,” Root said of Broad and Anderson. “I am sure there will be opportunities where they get to play together in the near future and much further down the line as well. They are up there in the top three bowlers in the world because they are consistently getting better and using their experience to their advantage all of the time. You are talking about two of England’s greatest bowlers and I feel there is a lot of life left in them both.”
“They are constantly challenging themselves and have been a big part in us building a good group of fast bowlers in recent times, because of the example they set and the way they speak to these young guys coming through,” he added.
“It’s great to see him back bowling again. He adds to what is a very strong bowling group and is a big part of what we are about and England cricket moving forward.” Root said of Archer. “He is a world-class performer and has all the skills – he can bowl high pace, swing it both ways and make it talk off the seam as well. It would be very exciting to see him back and amongst things. Hopefully he is fit and up for selection. With all the other guys, it is an exciting place to be – to have a battery of bowlers to choose from is where we want to be.”