England’s team management is applying rotation policy in the ongoing Test series against West Indies for the player’s longevity. Stuart Broad and James Anderson were not selected in the squad for the first and second Test respectively. Now, the allrounder Ben Stokes, who scored a century in Manchester, is being considered to be given rest, as per England’s head coach Chris Silverwood.
Stuart Broad was angry and frustrated for being dropped from the first Test match as he desperately wanted to play after a long break. However, Silverwood said that the players are being rotated for keeping them fit and healthy. And for the same reason, Ben Stokes might not be seen playing the third Test which will be the series decider.
We need to look after Ben Stokes: Chris Silverwood
Admitting the importance of Ben Stokes in the team, Chris Silverwood said that it would be a tough decision but they would have to keep a check on the allrounder’s fitness and health who was in action in the last two matches.
“We want him out there as much as we can; everyone can see how good he is,” Silverwood said. “But you know what, we’re going to consider rotating him. He’s been at the centre of the last couple of games and we’ve got to make sure he’s okay. But if he is fit and healthy, he’ll play.”
“But from a training perspective, we try and rein him in where possible and keep him as fit as a fiddle because I know we’re a better team with him out there… We’ve got to look after him the best we can.”
Ben Stokes scored 343 runs in two Tests
Ben Stokes was the lynchpin for the team in the last two matches. In the first Test match, he captained the team in absence of the Joe Root who attended his second child’s birth. However, the host lost that match by four wickets.
The allrounder with his masterpiece at Old Trafford (second Test), scoring 176 runs and setting 267 runs partnership with Dominic Sibley. His knock guided England towards victory as West Indies lost that match by 113 runs.