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James Anderson and Mark Wood 'rested' for England's second Test vs West Indies

James Anderson will sit out the second Test against the West Indies as England attempt to rotate their bowlers without any further aggro.

Anderson and Mark Wood have officially been 'rested' with Sam Curran and Ollie Robinson, for the first time, called up to the squad.

Stuart Broad, who was axed in Southampton much to his obvious disappointment, and Chris Woakes will surely be the favourites to make the final XI, with returning skipper Joe Root keen to look after his pace assets as best he can.

“It is an exciting period for English cricket in terms of fast bowling,” said Root. “And I think one thing we have to be very smart with is making sure we don't blow them out and they miss months of cricket.

“We need to get the balance right, especially in this period with so many back to back matches, they need to be well looked after and we get that right.”

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Wood and Jofra Archer got the nod over Broad in the defeat at the Ageas Bowl, but the sands have shifted at Old Trafford with the 34-year-old ready to prove a point.

Root's handling of his pace attack over the next 18 months will require some deft man-management skills, but for now he is adamant that his two legends Broad and Anderson still have major roles to play.

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“I think to wish them away early or to push them to one side would be stupid, I really do,” said Root.

“One thing you know about Broady and Jimmy is that they are still performing right at the level needed for Test cricket.

“If things have to be slightly different to how it has been over the last few years then we might have to think outside the box and not play them in every game or not play them together all the time.”

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