England have played some of their best cricket for quite some time to grab a 2-0 lead against the worlds No1 with two convincing displays from England’s bowling attack. It’s been no secret that England have desperately been looking for back up to England’s spearheads of Anderson and Broad and people to eventually replace them in the coming years. It was therefore even sweeter for England to see a couple of excellent performances from bowling all-rounders Curran and Woakes, who have both turned in Man of the Match performances as well as fine performances with the bat and bowl.
The Ben Stokes trial has been on the front and back pages of the news in the last week and his recent acquittal would likely mean England want to get their star player back on the pitch and back to business as quickly as possible. The result of which would likely see one of either Curran or Woakes left out. A decision that would be incredibly tough on either player with Woakes just off the back of a century at Lords and a fine bowling performance and Curran making one of the most encouraging starts to a test career for England for quite some time.
The third test is at Trent Bridge a ground and wicket that has usually been tailor made for England with it offering generous swing and seam movement for their bowlers and has made batting incredibly tricky for opposition against England’s seamers in the past. Such a venue would seem perfect for 20-year-old Curran to continue his promising start with his biggest attribute being the ability to swing the ball a chance to build on the confidence he has already gained this series.
With the tests being in rapid succession there is the option should England manage to win the third test as they are strong favourites to do. England could well take the option to rest either Broad or Anderson in the remaining matches as has been mooted during the pre-series previews to manage their workloads which would ensure whoever did miss out could quickly be brought back into the fold.
Whatever the decision made at Trent Bridge someone will be very unlucky to miss out and will have England in the rare position of plenty of competition and pressure on the bowling front and some interesting decisions in the coming weeks.
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