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Captain Joe Root aims to lead England to a seventh straight win under his leadership at the Ageas Bowl

England have named an unchanged 14-man squad for the third and final test against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl.

Head coach Chris Silverwood said on Wednesday that England, who lead the series 1-0, are keen to keep “all options open” ahead of the game, which starts on Friday, live on Sky Sports Cricket, on cool ground.

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The former couturier admitted that bowlers’ rotation plans during the series were under review after the home team played just 91.2 overs in the second drawn test, which was plagued by rain and storm. bad light.

This means fashion designer James Anderson, who could have made his way into this game after playing in four of the five tests so far this summer, could have the chance to claim the seven wickets he needs to become the first. English to take away 600 test scalps.

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England entered the second test without the extra pace offered by Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, who were given an extra week of rest to recover from an argument.

That means Wood and Archer haven’t played on the same side since the first Summer Test, which Root missed to witness the birth of his child, but the skipper insists it’s not a source of frustration.

“One thing we have is we have a fantastic team of players who cover all conditions,” he said.

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“They had the opportunity to play together at the start of the summer and I’m sure it won’t be the last time they play.

“If that doesn’t happen now, there will be other chances for them and for us to see this pair ahead of us go to places like Australia.

“The only thing we have is a great group of bowlers now that we think we cover a number of different surfaces and challenges wherever we go in the world, and it’s a really exciting place.

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“Anyone who has the opportunity to come out and play has to make sure they take their chance. With the competition that exists, people have to continue to prove their worth in the team.

“It’s not just the bowlers, it’s the hitters as well; they need to keep making their case and make sure they push their standards higher all the time. ”

Sam Curran and Chris Woakes claimed a wicket each in the second test of 18 and 19 overs respectively, but spinner Dom Bess did not play a delivery in the match, due to favorable seam conditions, while fellow bowler slow Jack Leach watched from the sidelines.

With a winter tour of India set to take place in the New Year, Root admitted, “It hasn’t been a great summer. [for the spinners] in terms of the amount of opportunity and it boils down to the counters we have in front of us.

“It was very difficult trying to get a spinner last week under these conditions with the limited play that we had as well.

Dom Bess (left), won seven test wickets in his six test heats this summer

Dom Bess (left), won seven test wickets in his six test heats this summer

“It’s been quite frustrating and it’s not a search of core personnel; it was very difficult for them to produce three locations each in such a short time.

“It would have been nice to have seen Dom, in particular, have the opportunity to make a real impact but I think he did his best in the chances he had. ”

The England team: Joe Root (Yorkshire) Capitaine, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Dominic Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

Watch the third test between England and Pakistan live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky digital platforms from 10:30 am Friday.

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