• West Indies bowl first in Manchester

    West Indies captain Jason Holder has won the toss and decided to bowl first on day one of the third Test against England with the hosts making a number of key changes.

    A lot of uncertainty surrounded the England camp throughout the week in terms of their fast-bowling selection but Friday morning saw both James Anderson and Jofra Archer confirmed as starters for the final encounter of the series.

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    As a result, England decided to go for an extra bowler with Zak Crawley and Sam Curran dropping out as Chris Woakes retains his place in the team. Joe Root will now bat at No 3.

    The West Indies, though, have only made one change for the clash at Old Trafford with Rahkeen Cornwall replacing Alzarri Joseph.

    The weather forecast, however, doesn’t look good in Manchester for the coming days with Saturday and Monday expected to see some rain involved.

    England levelled the three-match series on Monday in what was a rather half-hearted performance by the visitors.

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    England: 1 Rory Burns, 2 Dom Sibley, 3 Joe Root (c), 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Ollie Pope, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Dom Bess, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson

    West Indies: 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 John Campbell, 3 Shai Hope, 4 Shamarh Brooks, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Jermaine Blackwood, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jason Holder, 9 Rahkeem Cornwall, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Shannon Gabriel

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    Andre Huisamen