Host England will need to maintain their winning momentum when they take on Pakistan in the three-match Test series. After being dropped from the first Test, Stuart Broad made an impressive comeback to help England register the back-to-back matches and win the Test series.
Pacer Jofra Archer clearly struggled to make an impression in the three-match series against West Indies. He will need to raise his game in order to retain his place in the playing XI. Veteran pacer James Anderson had a decent outing with the ball in the two matches played against West Indies.
Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Sam Curran are other prominent bowling options for England for the upcoming three-match series against England.
Let’s take a look at the three bowlers that can deliver match-winning performances for England in the three-match series
The 34-year old was dropped from the side for the opening game of the series played against West Indies. For the first time Since June 2012, Broad was dropped from the playing XI for a Test match played at home.
He was recalled into the playing XI for the last two matches played at Manchester. In the second Test, Broad delivered a game changing spell and picked up three quick wickets to help England gain a big lead going into their second innings.
In the third and final game played at Manchester, Broad delivered his absolute best with the ball and claimed ten wickets to help England clinch Wisden Trophy. He also finished the series as leading wicket-taker with 16 scalps at an average of 10.94.
There is no doubt that Broad has been the premier bowler for England in red-ball cricket. Since Jan 2019, Broad has topped the bowling charts for the side in Test cricket. In 16 matches, Broad has claimed 68 wickets at an average of 20.98. In this period, he has taken two five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket haul.
Warwickshire pacer has certainly improved his game in red-ball cricket. He has not been a regular member in the playing XI in Test cricket. Whenever he has slotted into the playing XI, Woakes has contributed well with the ball. Since Jan 2019, Woakes has claimed 34 wickets in 9 Test matches at an average of 21.91.
In the recently concluded series, Woakes performed exceedingly well for the side and claimed 11 wickets at an average of 16.11. In the final game at Manchester, Woakes bowled brilliantly and claimed a five-wicket haul to help England beat West Indies by 269 runs.
The team management has really tried to manage workload for James Anderson in the Test series played against West Indies. The 37-year old will have to take care of his fitness after missing most of the Ashes series last year.
James Anderson will certainly be eyeing a historic landmark of becoming the first pace bowler to reach 600 wickets in Test cricket. With 589 wickets in 153 Test matches, Anderson will be looking to make an impression in the upcoming Test series against Pakistan.
Since Jan 2019, James Anderson has played only eight Test matches and claimed 24 wickets at an average of 23.95. With likes of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer waiting in the wings, Anderson will need to deliver in order to keep his place in the side.