Real privilege to play alongside both Jimmy and Stuart, says Root

England vs West Indies Stuart Broad Becomes 7th Bowler To Take 500 Test Wickets

"There doesn't tend to be a lot of swing in the air in Australia and I think Jimmy has struggled with that over the years when he's toured here".

England beat West Indies 2-1 in the first worldwide test series since the COVID-19 pandemic suspended the sport in March, winning the third test by 269 runs on Tuesday. You believe a number of years earlier, 'when's he completing, when's he completing?' And he's gone away from the spotlight, alters his run up, dealt with his video game and as a 34- year-old you can't request for anymore than that.

"He's simply providing items time after time".

The West Indies had won the first Test at Southampton by four wickets but had to face defeat in the second and third Test at Old Trafford to help England win the Wisden Trophy again. "He takes wickets in clusters, he's a nightmare to play against". He wants to be part of those big occasions and he wants to take the ball when you " re up against it.

"The top sides have players that average more than 45, which is where West Indies are lacking", he said.

"People like Tom Banton, Reece Topley back into that side, what a chance for these men to press their name forward".

"If something doesn't happen soon we'll see less worldwide cricket being played by smaller countries because we simply can't afford it".

"For him to come back into the team and have such an impact is testament to how good a player he " s been for England over such a long period of time", Root said.

Holder started the game 54 points ahead of Stokes but watched as England's talisman slammed 176 and an unbeaten 78, and also took three wickets, to assume the number one position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. This year I think he's taken 80 odd wickets since the Ashes at 20, and that's a huge credit to Stuart.

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